The D-backs were the first to get on the board, courtesy of Nick Ahmed’s solo shot which led off the second inning - it was Ahmed’s third of the year. Taijuan Walker then got into trouble in the fourth, loading the bases with no outs: it looked like he might escape only allowing one run, but a Brandon Drury error allowed a second Pirate to cross the plate, giving them the lead. They added single tallies in the fifth and sixth innings. Walker’s final line was four runs, three earned, over six innings on eight hits - he walked as many as he struck out, with three of each. Tom Wilhelmsen, Andrew Chafin and Randall Delgado each worked a scoreless frame.
Arizona’s hitters had their opportunities, but it seemed it wasn’t going to be our night, from the moment Brandon Drury left the bases loaded in the bottom of the first. Other wasted opportunities included a man on third with one out (second inning), and men on the corners with one out (seventh). Paul Goldschmidt did get the team a run closer in the eighth, with his eighth homer of the year, and Ahmed had his first multi-homer game, going deep with one out in the ninth, but A.J. Pollock popped out, as the winning run, to end the game. Jeff Mathis had two hits, and Jake Lamb reached twice, in a hit and a walk.
Beercap to follow shortly.