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Diamondbacks 4, Reds 3

Braden Shipley bounced back nicely, and A.J. Pollock was simply present. The bad news? Our bullpen still sucks. The good news? The Reds' was worse tonight.

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Braden Shipley was hardly dominating this evening, but did a good job of keeping the ball on the ground, and was helped out by some good defensive plays, particularly in the outfield. He allowed the Reds to take the lead in the second inning, but worked his way through seven frames without any further damage. He allowed only four hits, though his K:BB ratio was the wrong way round, at 1:4. That gave the D-backs offense time to come back, though they racked up the strikeouts tonight as well. An infield single by Brandon Drury allowed Rickie Weeks to tie the game in the bottom of the second, and Weeks' 9th home-run gave Arizona the lead in the fourth.

A.J. Pollock didn't quite live up to his stellar minor-league numbers, going 0-for-5 with a pair of strikeouts, but played solid defense highlighted by a particularly good running catch, and drove in a run. We got to see the "new look" sharp end of the bullpen protect a lead for the first time, thanks to Shipley's strong seven innings. Randall Delgado stranded a pair of base-runners in the eighth, but Daniel Hudson allowed three hits, all with two outs, as the Reds tied the game. In the tenth, the teams traded balks and runs, then the Diamondbacks walked off on a wild pitch in the 11th that scored Brandon Drury.  All rather exciting....

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