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AZ 2,LA 5: Death by a Thousand Singles

My first recap of a Shelby Miller game since his return from Reno. I didn't have high expectations, and he still managed to disappoint

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A. J. Pollock started things off by reminding us of just how much he was missed the first three quarters of the season. He hit a two out home run to put the Dbacks on the board early.

Don't worry, the lead wouldn't last long. Corey Seager lined a one out single to get things moving. He then went to second on a passed ball, and then to home when Justin Turner hit a single of his own. The bottom of the second wasn't a whole lot better. Josh Reddick lead the inning off with another single. He was thrown out at home on an Andrew Toles double, thanks to a great relay that went Pollock, Segura, Castillo. Miller didn't take advantage of the great defense, and allowed Toles to score on the next batter, thanks to an RBI single from starting pitcher Ross Stripling. 2-1 Dodgers

The wheels fell off in the third, though. Seager and Turner lead off with a single and a ground rule double, respectively. Adrian Gonzalez lined out to short, and the runners had to hold. Grandal grounded out, but Seager was able to score from third and Turner was able to replace him at third. Reddick singled him home. Joc Pederson moved him to second with another single, and then Reddick scored thanks to a Toles single. Miller was able to stem the bleeding there, and got Stipling to ground out to second, ending the inning. 5-1 Dodgers

In the fourth, the Dbacks did answer back, to some extent, but no where near enough. An Owings double, a Goldy single, and a Lamb sac fly brought in a run, but since that was all they managed, it was no where near enough.

It was a shame too, because the bullpen had a really good night, and a decent offensive performance from the team could have made it a lot more competitive. Edwin Escobar pitched one and two thirds innings of pretty stellar no hit, one walk, three K baseball. Delgado had a scoreless inning, and Hathaway and Barrett combined for a scoreless eighth. Unfortunately, the Dodgers' pitching was just as good, so it went for naught.

Source: FanGraphs

Just Like Old Times: Shelby Miller, -35.4%

He Tried: AJ Pollock, 5.9%

Sometimes I look at the individual WPA for players in a game and it doesn't really match up to the emotions I felt throughout the game. Tonight? Yeah, it feels about right. Anyway, quiet GDT tonight. To give you an idea how quiet, DC and I tied for first place with 43 comments. He left in the second or third inning and I spent at least an hour of the game playing video games and cleaning out my fridge, then spent the rest of it writing the recap. All present were:

AzDbackfanInDc, AzRattler, Diamondhacks, GuruB, I suppose I'm a Pessimist, Indedave, Jim McLennan, JoeCB1991, Makakilo, MrMrrbi, SongBird, coldblueAZ, gamepass, hotclaws, imstillhungry95, inphinity, makattack71, onedotfive, shoewizard

A couple of good choices for COTN this time around, but I have to give it to JoeCB1991 for his explanation of why Dominic Leone is still on the team:

"If you DFA me, the Honus Wagner card goes into the shredder!"
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Carson Palmer, he goes long
by JoeCB1991 on Sep 6, 2016 | 8:13 PM up reply unrec (5) actions

Join us at the same time tomorrow for the last game of the season at Dodger Stadium. Robbie Ray is pitching, so that could be a reason to watch. Or a reason to do anything else. It really could go either way with him.