It didn't take long for the curse to take effect. Three batters into the game, and Cincinnati had a three-run lead, as Taijuan Walker started the night off by going walk, triple, homer. It was an uphill struggle from then on, for both Walker and the Diamondbacks. He ended up getting through five innings, but allowed five runs on five hits and three walks. Jake Barrett and Randall Delgado did combine for four scoreless innings of relief, before the struggling Jorge De La Rosa had a ninth inning meltdown to finish the night as it had begun.
Meanwhile, the offense was having a hard time catching up to Luis Castillo and his 100 mph fastball. The D-backs didn't manage a hit until Paul Goldschmidt singled, leading off the bottom of the fourth inning. Singles by Jake Lamb and Ketel Marte were the only other hits Arizona managed. Elsewhere, the Dodgers walked off the Royals, but the Rockies, Cubs and Brewers all lost. So at least no ground was lost in the wild card standings.
Sports Racer will be along later with the full recap. Our thoughts are with him in this difficult time.