Taijuan Walker took the mound for the Diamondbacks tonight. He didn’t have the most crisp stuff right from the get go tonight. In the first inning, he gave up a one out walk to DJ LeMahieu, which seems to me like it defeats the purpose of that shift. He avoided damage, however, by getting a strikeout and a force out to end the inning. He got a little further into damage in the second. Trevor Story knocked a one out double to center field to bring Mark Reynolds to the plate. Luckily, he brought the K part of Special K that at bat and struck out. Johnathon Lucroy was giving an intentional walk, and Jon Grey, the Rockies starting pitcher struck out.
In the bottom of the second, JD Martinez lead the inning off. He smacked a ball off the jumbotron to put the Dbacks on the board. It wouldn’t last long, sadly. Walker walked Charlie Blackmon to start the third. DJ LeMahieu struck out, again defeating the purpose of the shift. Carlos Gonzalez came to the plate. He answered Martinez’s home run with one of his own, putting the Rockies up 2-1.
The Diamondbacks put up a fight in the bottom of the third. Walker and David Peralta both singled, and Chris Iannetta was hit by a pitch, loading the bases. With no outs, it looked like the makings of a big inning. Jake Lamb hit a sac fly to score Walker, tying the game, bringing Paul Goldschmidt to the plate. Sadly, that was where the inning ended. Goldschmidt lined a ball right at Trevor Story, who flipped to second, completing the double play. Tied at 2
The score would stay there until the seventh inning. Walker had left the game at the start of the inning. Chafin recorded one out and then was replaced by David Hernandez. LeMehieu singled up the middle, for the third time defeating the point of the shift. Carlos Gonzalez homered, giving us our final score. Rockies 4-2
CO-MVPs: Taijuan Walker 15%, JD Martinez 15.8%
SERIOUSLY HURTING MY HOPES AND DREAMS OF HIM BEING THE ACTUAL MVP: Paul Goldschmidt -18.6%
Quiet GDT, much like the ballpark, tonight. DC lead the way with almost double the next person, despite leaving in the second or third innings. All present were:
Anachronistic1, AzDbackfanInDc, DORRITO, Diamondhacks, Gilbertsportsfan, GuruB, Imstillhungry95, Jackwriter, Jim McLennan, JoeCB1991, Makakilo, Michael McDermott, MikeMono, MrMrrbi, Oscar Goldman, SedonaRed24, Xerostomia, aldma, asteroid, coldblueAZ, edbigghead, hotclaws, onedotfive, piratedan7, rustynails77, samath, since_98, smartplays
No red comments, so I’m going to forgo the CotN. Join us again tomorrow as the Dbacks hope to right the ship.