There are 162 games in a baseball season. For even the best teams, they are guaranteed 60-75 losses per year. Some of those are harder to take than others, and this one is definitely one of the harder ones.
It started off so well. In the top of the first, Ketel Marte got things going with a one out walk. Goldschmidt added to that with a single, setting the table for AJ Pollock. He brought them both home with a well placed double down the line, putting the Dbacks up 2-0
Then the wasted opportunities started. A one out Goldy walk and Pollock HBP were wasted when Alex Avila and Chris Owings struck out. Ketel Marte grounded into a force out to end the fourth with two on.
Meanwhile, Patrick Corbin was mowing down the Giants lineup. He struck out the side in the first, added two more in the second, and then an additional two in the third. He didn’t strike anyone out in the fourth, but three ground balls, two back to the mound and one to Nick Ahmed, got the job done just as well. He sat the side down in order in the fifth with a ground out and two more K’s.
And then it went sideways. Three straight singles loaded the bases for the Giants. Andrew McCutcheon walked to drive in the first run. Buster Posey brought in another via . Evan Longoria walked to load the bases again. That was the end of the road for Corbin. A night that through the fifth inning looked like a potential candidate for Game of the Year, gone completely upside down.
Fernando Salas came in to replace him, still with the bases loaded. He gave up a sac fly to Pence to score Belt. Brandon Crawford singled, and McCutcheon raced around from second. Dyson threw home, but the call on the field was MCCutcheon was safe. Avila threw to third and beat Longoria, so either way, the inning was over. However, the Dbacks decided to request a review of the play at the play to hopefully get it overturned and have the run taken off the board. Somewhat surprisingly, the replay over turned the call on the field, ending the inning and leaving the Giants with only a one run lead. 3-2 Giants
The Dbacks quickly battled back to get the game tied back up. Dyson lead off the inning, as frequently seems to be the case after a player makes a great play to end an inning, and hit a double. Ketel Marte hit a double of his own and tied the game back up. Goldy moved Marte to third with a ground out, the first out of the inning. However, that would just be another wasted opportunity, as Pollock and Owings would both strike out end the threat.
Giants broke the tie quickly, helped by a defensive miscue from the Diamondbacks. McCutcheon walked and Posy singled to set up the situation. On a 3-2 count to Longoria, they both took off. Avila threw down to second and threw it away. McCutcheon scored. Andrew Chafin, who had taken over for Salas at the start of the inning, intentionally walked Hundley and then struck out Crawford to end the inning. 4-3 Giants
Goldschimdt tied it up in the top of the ninth with a solo home run, his first of the season. It wasn’t enough though. Jorge De La Rosa pitched the ninth, and it was a disaster. He walked the bases loaded. One of the walks was intentional. He then gave up a walk off single to McCutcheon because why not. I do have questions as to why De La Rosa was a) allowed to pitch himself into so much trouble and then b)try to pitch out of it. Thankfully, Narron will not typically be the man a the top step of the dugout, so hopefully this was just a one off thing. And really, the offense should try scoring more regularly than the first and seventh innings.
Stars of the game
✪✪✪ Paul Goldschmidt, for having probably his first good game of the year
✪✪ Jarrod Dyson, for being the only other Dback with two hits, also his outfield assist to end the god forsaken sixth inning
✪ Patrick Corbin, because he does deserve credit for five incredible innings
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No CotD because none were worthy, IMHO.
Day game tomorrow. 12:45 Arizona time first pitch, as the Dbacks go for the series win.