About a week ago, the confidence of this team was so high that most D-backs fans wanted to face the Dodgers in the Divisional Series so they could sweep them again. Then they lost 4 of 5 to the Padres and Rockies and wondered if they would even make it out of the Wild Card. Of course, this is baseball and the Diamondbacks reminded all their potential Wild Card opponents they still have what it takes to cause some damage in the playoffs.
Mr Vroom Vroom Fastboye himself, Zack Godley, made the start for the D-backs this afternoon, looking to continue his incredible season. I mean, I think I’d even be surprised if he had a 3.00 ERA in AA. But over 23 starts at the MLB level? I would’ve thought your were out of your mind.
It was just one of those games for Godley, who terrorized the Rockies hitters over his 8 innings of work. He was masterful, erasing baserunners 3 separate times with double plays, including a crucial one in the 2nd inning as the Rockies had runners on the corners with 1 out, but the 70 million dollar man, Ian Desmond, grounded into an easy double play to end the scoring chance.
The 5th and 6th innings saw the Rockies get the leadoff runner on, but both times Godley induced a double play. The first on a cutter and second on a curveball to get out of the “jam”. His last inning was another thing of beauty, grabbing two quick out of Gerardo Parra and Trevor Story before allowing a double to Desmond. Of course, Tony Wolters grounded out to 1st on the next pitch, ending the day for Godley after 103 pitches.
Of course, an honorable mention must go to the offense as they pounced on Chad Bettis right from the get-go. Gregor Blanco walked, Chris Iannetta doubled and Jake Lamb walked to load the bases for Paul Goldschmidt. He singled, scoring Blanco for a 1-0 lead. J.D Martinez grounded out, with Iannetta out at home for the 1st out. Brandon Drury walked, scoring another run and keeping them loaded for A.J Pollock. He kept up his hot streak, doubling over the head of Blackmon for a bases-clearing double and a 5-0 first inning lead.
Just Dingers redeemed himself in the 3rd, homering to right field to push the lead 6-0. And the D-backs scored another run in the 5th with Pollock driving home Goldy for our 7-0 final score.
Pretty much everyone was a positive WPA contributor today with the only negatives being J.D Martinez (-1.7%), Ketel Marte (-1.4%), and batter-version Zack Godley (-1.8%).
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Honestly I forgot about the game, as it seems like most everyone did as well. 293 comments this afternoon for a quiet gamethread. Thanks for stopping by if you did. Comment of the Thread goes to Oldenschoole for this half glass empty view of the first inning.
The grind continues tomorrow with a roadtrip to California for 3-game sets with the Giants and Padres. Stop on by for some quality conversation.