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Arizona Diamondbacks Game Preview, #130: Just win in 9, already!

Getting this up earlier than normal, since the Alumni Game is taking place at Chase. I know there will be various SnakePitters present for that.

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Anthony DeSclafani
RHP, 7-2, 3.27
Zack Godley
RHP, 4-2, 5.43
Billy Hamilton - CF Jean Segura - 2B
Zack Cozart - SS Michael Bourn - LF
Joey Votto - 1B A.J. Pollock - CF
Adam Duvall - LF Paul Goldschmidt - 1B
Brandon Phillips - 2B Jake Lamb - 3B
Scott Schebler - RF Yasmany Tomas - RF
Eugenio Suarez - 3B Chris Owings - SS
Ramon Cabrera - C Tuffy Gosewisch - C
Anthony DeSclafani - RHP Zack Godley - RHP

The Diamondbacks have had three walk-off wins in the past five games, which is impressive considering they only manage three over the first 125 games of the season. It's also the first time they have put together a streak of three consecutive wins in walk-off games since the end of August/beginning of September in the 2013 season. Then, over the space of nine days, they picked up W-OWs over three different opponents: the Padres, Giants and Blue Jays. They also had a streak of four W-OWs in six days, against the Orioles and Mets, earlier that August. That's the only run of more than three since 2005.

On the other hand, between September 16, 2009 and June 2, 2010, the Arizona Diamondbacks were 0-9 in walk-off contests. That included the horrific run of four consecutive W-OL's from May 30-June 2; the second was the Esmeling Vasquez balk-off, and was followed by two more in Los Angeles, each defeat being by the score of 1-0. In franchise history, the D-backs have only managed two 1-0 walk-off wins. I was there for the first, in June 2008 against the Royals, won on a Chad Tracy home-run. The other was April 2013 vs the Dodgers, on the day the late Joe Garagiola Sr. was bid farewell by the team, Goldschmidt driving in the game's only run in the ninth.

Although all three featured a ninth-inning blown save before the walk-off, last night's was a little different from the preceding two. In those our starting pitcher had not delivered a quality start, but there was no such issue with Braden Shipley's seven innings of one-run ball. Unlike Zack Greinke and certainly Zack Godley, Shipley deserved a win. His Game Score of 62 was the fifth-highest in a no-decision or loss by an Arizona starter this year. The high is 75, resulting from Robbie Ray's seven shutout innings against the Mets on August 10. The highest loss goes to Archie Bradley, a 67 resulting from six innings of one-run ball versus the Cubs at Wrigley.