The last time the D-backs won on a Wednesday, the D-backs were a .500 team at 8-8 and still had playoff aspirations. 3 months later and the D-backs finally prevailed with the help of some porous defense and timely hitting, something we haven't seen much of lately.
The first inning set the tone for the entire game. With one out, Phil Gosselin grounded one to short, but reached on an error by Jonathan Villar. Segura hit a chopper into the hole at shortstop, and reached on a single. Villar tried to make a play on the ball, and fired one into right field for an error, moving the runners up. But wait! There's more! Nieuwenhuis couldn't handle the grounder, allowing Gosselin to score and Segura to reach 3rd. Goldy walked, Castillo singled to center scoring Segura, and Yasmany Tomas hit a bomb to center field for a 3-run homer and make the score 5-0.
On the mound with a giant lead was Archie Bradley and things were shaky in the beginning, but he settled down and cruised through his longest outing of the year since May. A leadoff double by Villar preceeded a Scooter Gennett walk to put runners on for the Brewers. But with the runners started, Ryan Braun lined a drive to right field. Tomas made the grab and fired to first for the double play after a lengthy instant replay review. The Brewers again beat themselves, with Villar being caught stealing at 3rd to end the inning.
Another error by the Nieuwenhuis allowed Archie to stretch a single into a double. Two strikeouts followed, but Segura came through with two outs, driving home Bradley to extend the lead further at 6-0. ANOTHER error by Nieuwenhuis gave Segura 2nd base but Goldy struck out to end the inning.
After that, the D-backs cruised. Archie was effective, allowing just 3 baserunners until the 7th inning, when Archie finally struggled. His pitch count was high but Hale needed the innings and left him in there. Lucroy led off with a double and a sac fly moved him up to 3rd. After a walk, another deep sac fly scored Lucroy from 3rd, giving the Brewers their lone run of the game. He finished the outing with 7 IP, 1ER and 6Ks. Randall Delgado came on in relief to finish off the last two innings with limited damage, just a 2-out single by Cris Carter in the 9th.
Tomas accounted for the other two runs with his second homer of the game in the 5th after a Castillo walk. Onto the GameGraph.
It's High Noon - Yasmany Tomas (+17.6%), Jean Segura (+16.5%)
Don't Worry Loves, Calvary's Here - Michael Bourn (-3.1%)
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Not surprising to see that few comments, what with us facing the Brewers and all. Comment of Thread goes to Xerostomia, who sees right through the MLB's marketing ploys.
With the victory today, the D-backs have an opportunity to salvage the 4-game series tomorrow. It's a 12:40PM start so stop on by.