Bartolo Colon came into today's game never having beaten the DIamondbacks in his career, that became less likely in his first inning. Jake Lamb had an RBI single in the first to score Jean Segura, who had reached on an error. Two batters later Welington Castillo, in his first game back, singled up the middle to make it 2-0. Chris Owings had yet another single up the middle to score Lamb to make it 3-0.
Robbie Ray looked shaky to begin, but was the beneficiary of two double plays in two innings to keep it scoreless. He lead off the bottom of the 2nd with a double, figuring he needed to help his own cause. Of course, this was derailed because Jean Segura, he of the highest qualifying Batting Average and second highest On Base Percentage of the regular starters, bunted for some reason, then Michael Bourn grounded out, Goldy walked, and Lamb flew out to make that bit of awesomeness moot.
Ray got into more trouble in the 3rd, possibly to be pissy over his teammates not driving him in. He allowed a leadoff hit, and had a bad error throwing to second when Colon tried to sacrifice. A run scored on a single to create the Mets' first run to make it 3-1. Ray struck out Curtis Granderson, but allowed Neil Walker to single to load the bases. With Colon on third, Jay Bruce's fly ball wasn't enough to score him. Wilmer Flores came up, and then struck out to stem the bleeding.
Chris Owings got that run back with an RBI double that scored Castillo to create a score of 4-1. The Mets got the run back thanks in part to Ray allowing Colon to get his first career walk, and Jose Reyes got his second RBI single of the game to make it 4-2. But The Diamondbacks got *that* run back thanks to a Paul Goldschmidt triple followed by a Jake Lamb sac-fly.
Ray, for his part, went 5 innings allowed 1 earned run, with 5 strikeouts and 2 walks, which looks fine on its own, but every inning he pitched seemed like a struggle, but he left in line for the W.
Colon was pulled in the Bottom of the 5th, so his winless streak against the Diamondbacks continues. Erik Goeddel relieved big sexy, but immediately gave up a leadoff double to Castillo, who was driven in on another double by Brandon Drury. 6-2 were the numbers under the R column. Jean Segura then doubled himself, because all the other cool kids were doing it, to make it 7-2. Welington Castillo got yet another hit in the 6th, driving in Paul Goldschmidt to make it 8-2.;
Steve Hathaway came in for the 7th and promptly loaded the bases without getting anyone out. Randall Delgado came in and walked the first batter he faced after getting ahead 0-2. After that T.J Rivera hit a sac-fly to bring the score to 8-4. Ty Kelly, an actual baseball player and not a placeholder name in a video game for a player not in the MLBPA because they were a replacement player in 1995, hit a sac fly as well to make it 8-5.
Enrique Burgos came in for the 8th and struck out the side, which was the first 1-2-3 inning for either team, and also he was throwing some fire, yo.
Yasmany Tomas started to put a nail in the coffin with a two-run shot in the 9th to give the Diamondbacks a five-run cushion off of Hansel Robles. With said five-run lead, the recently recalled Edwin Escobar came in and gave up a homer to Neil Walker. Whoops. He got the next three outs to seal the win, however.
Square: Hathaway, -6.2%
Braden Shipley vs. Thor II: The Shipleyining is tomorrow. Hopefully it goes about the same as the first time.