Brandon Drury got the evening started on the right foot, with a solo home-run in the second to give Arizona a 1-0 lead. But a pair of errors by Taijuan Walker snowballed into a five-run third inning for the Marlins. Paul Goldschmidt made it a game again, his three-run shot (above) being Goldy’s 36th of the season. Unfortunately, Walker was unable to get out of the fourth. He lasted 3.2 innings, allowing seven runs on six hits and three walks, with six K’s, though four of those runs were unearned.
J.D. Martinez had his contractually obligated home-run in the fifth, his 27th for Arizona, and setting a single month record for the team - it was his 14th this month. But J.J. Hoover and David Hernandez didn’t do their bullpen ladder positions any good, each man allowing a pair of runs in relief. The D-backs ended the night having allowed eight walks, five of which came around to score, and committing four errors. The Cardinals lost, and the Rockies are about to lose, so it seems the magic number for both home field advantage and a post-season spot will be one. Here’s to tomorrow being the day for both.
Keegan will be along with the full recap when he comes back from Chase.