So you come back to the finale of a weird wraparound series and you find some weirdness. Like. Goldy isn’t there, and why the f*** is Chris Hermann batting leadoff? I have three straight Monday recaps off and this is how you repay me?
Of course, like a minute after typing the Hermann thing, he hit a leadoff Home Run. I’ll keep it in the recap because I enjoy ironic comeuppance as much as anybody.
Chris Herrmann's having a pool party and this baseball is invited. #DbacksPoolShot pic.twitter.com/13Ol9IApVS— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) June 26, 2017
In the following inning, Daniel Descalso singled home Chris Owings to make the score 2-0 Diamondbacks off of Phillies starter Nick Pivetta.
For his next trick, Pivetta walked Jeff Mathis, Zack Greinke, and Chris Hermann in succession to score another run. There could have been more, what with the bases loaded and nobody outs, but Nick Ahmed decided to come up hacking against a guy who hadn’t shown any control and hit into a double play. Ah well.
Pivetta loaded the bases to start the 3rd, and Descalso had another hit, this one scoring two runs, to make it 5-0. Rey Fuentes followed with an RBI single of his own to bring the score to 6-0 (Tacos in the before times, basically) Pivetta only lasted 2 and 2/3rds innings against a Diamondbacks lineup sans Paul Goldschmidt.
Greinke had a rocky first frame, but was clean in Innings two through four. Inning five, however, was very rocky. He allowed a run on a Daniel Nava RBI single and loaded the bases with two outs, but got out of it.
Silvino Bracho came in for two innings of scoreless relief. Rubby De La Rosa needed only 9 pitches to get three outs in the 8th. T.J. McFarland pitched a clean 9th and hey it’s a game and series win!
Deserving of Pie: Greinke (+17.0%)
Deserving of Sigh: Ahmed (-11.3%)
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The Diamondbacks are now 21 games above .500, and only 20 games off of their win total last year. They good, y’all.
A three-game series against the Cardinals starts tomorrow. Be there or not.