Record: 25-34. Pace: 69-93. Change on 2015: -2.
Beer 1: Hibernation Ale Whiskey Barrel Aged Barley Wine by Great Devide
- Unlike the Dbacks I decided to start this game with a play-to-win attitude. Forget the small beers, time for the 11.5% beer! Beer courtesy of another Papago local: Captain. My God, it's so good! Barrel aged for one year and smooth as silk.
- A little late in the game, but I didn't miss too much. Looks like Arrieta is human after all at 2-1 Dbacks. Still, gotta wonder if Corbin can keep things up.
- Corbin keeping it real with a lead off single in the 5th. Must have heard me.....then he's thrown out stealing. Good job Chip, lets have our starter try to steal bases. Smooth move. Smooth like sandpaper.
- Luckily for Chip, Goldy is a merciful god and helps bring in a run after Bourn and Gosselin get aboard. 3-1 (improbably) Dbacks
- On that note, Goldy's stats are still inching their way up to normalcy at a .261 BA now. A far cry from the .230's he was at last month. Still, to those who look at his early struggles as a cause for the team's struggles I point to the writhing pile of filth that is our starting pitching and bullpen. No amount of excellent hitting can save a team from heretical levels of pitching.
Beer 2: Habitus Rye IPA by Mike Hess
- Missed a few things as my roommate briefly sets off the alarm at my house as I failed to notice his return before I biked out to write this goofy article. Yay me.
- Still 3-0 going in to the 6th after the briefly house-maybe-being-robbed thing.
- Corbin does a Corbin thing, but thankfully it's just a solo shot. 3-2 Dbacks. I keep seeing brief glimpses of glory from this lineup, but outside of Geinke it's only ever a brief glimpse.
- While we await the 6th to resume after Goldy gets walked let me just take a moment to inform you that the Phoenix Comicon was very fun. Fan art, cool nerdy gear, author/actor signings and good ole' people watching. Love it.
- Bottom of the 7th and Corbin is still chugging along. If even half his games were like this one we'd at least be relevant this season, versus the afterthought we are now. Ughhhh. This pitching kills me inside.
- Papago failed to replace several blown kegs last night, thus my 3rd choice of ale is rather limited. This shall be resolved before this games ends. I swear it.
Beer 3: Watermelon Dorado Imperial IPA by Ballast Point
- A brief intermission beer while they change kegs and while this game drags on. Watermelon REALLY comes through on this. Perhaps a bit too much. Still, I'd buy it again, just not too often since it's so sweat.
- Clippard, our bright shining hope of the bullpen, cruises through the 8th and maybe, just maybe there could be hope today. Still, this season seems lost and the Giants AGAIN seem to thrive in even years. Why? Only God knows.
- The bottom of the 9th is upon us. 3-2 Dbacks. A nice weekend demands a nice ending. Please?
Bells and whistles, by Jim
The Diamondbacks' hitters struck out 18 times, which ties a record for the franchise in a regulation win, and is one off the National League record, set all the way back in 1969. You might remember the last time we did it - which, curiously, also ended in a 3-2 win for Arizona. The method was completely different, however. Jake Peavy was completely dominant over seven innings, fanning 16 Diamondbacks - but Stephen Drew knocked a two-run homer off Trevor Hoffman to give Arizona a walk-off victory.
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The Dark Knight: Patrick Corbin, +23.2%
The Avengers: Ziegler, +19.0%; Clippard, +13.6%
Howard the Duck: Jake Lamb, -11.8%
500 comments, but only 18 commentors - looks like many people (and I have to say, I'd include myself among them) had this one already written down in the scorebooks as a loss. Those keeping the faith, however, were: AzDbackfanInDc, GuruB, Jackwriter, Jim McLennan, JoeCB1991, Makakilo, MrMrrbi, Oldenschoole, Re Tired, SongBird, Xerostomia, coldblueAZ, hotclaws, noblevillain, nolanriley13, onedotfive, preston.salisbury and since_98. Comment of the thread goes to hotclaws.
It's back home for the D-backs, after a 2-3 roadtrip that ended better than it began. A home-stand against both halves of Florida begins tomorrow night. Thankfully, we're back to reasonable start times, with a 6:40pm first pitch and Robbie Ray taking the mound for the D-backs.
Arrieta cannot get the win
Let’s make sure we pin an "L" on him
Baseball is the greatest game ever invented. Ever. Say Amen.
- Ernie Banks