The Pirates put together a threat right at the start in the first inning. With one out, Corey Dickerson singled, Starling Marte doubled, and Colin Moran walked to load the bases. However, Clay Buchholz got Elias Diaz to ground into double play, ending the inning with the score still at zero.
It wouldn’t remain there for long. Jon Jay lead off the bottom of the inning with his first hit as a Diamondback, a single. Paul Goldschmidt singled as well. A botched force attempt off the bat of Jake Lamb allowed him to reach and Jay to score. John Ryan Murphy got a single of his own to bring home Goldy. Descalso popped up to second and Peralta grounded out, but moved the runners to second and third. That turned out to be unnecessary, as Ketel Marte tripled to bring both runners home.
What happened next deserves its own paragraph. Trevor Williams intentionally walked Jarrod Freakin Dyson of all people to face Buchholz instead. Williams then spiked a pick off throw to first which first baseman Josh Bell wasn’t able to recover. Marte scored and Dyson was off to the races. He went to second and kept going to third. Pirates’ second baseman Josh Harrison tracked down the ball and threw towards third. I saw towards and not to third, because the throw was offline and bounced off the third baseman towards the third base dugout. Dyson was off again, after sliding into third, and scored without a play at the plate. 6-0 Diamondbacks
Fast forward to the top of the fourth. Arizona had scored two more in the bottom of the third and now were in possession of a comfortable 8-0 lead. It seemed like it would be an easy coast to the finish line from there, but it wasn’t meant to be. Diaz doubled and went to third on a Josh Bell single. Gregory Polanco seemed to fly out to David Peralta who got the ball back in time. However, as soon as the play was complete, the home plate umpire sent Polanco to first anyway, on what was supposedly catcher interference, though I didn't see anything at the park, and some watching at home on my Twitter feed were skeptical as well. Bases loaded. Buchholz barley grazed Jordy Mercer’s uniform with a pitch, and Mercer got the easiest RBI ever.
Then it all fell apart for Buchholz. A walk, sac fly, and a home run brought in five more runs for the Pirates that inning. Buchholz did get out of the inning, but it more than doubled his ERA on the season. It was also the end of the day for him, as Bracho replaced him in the fifth inning. 8-6 Diamondbacks
In the bottom of the inning, the Dbacks were able to answer back somewhat. Jay lead off with his second hit as a Diamondback, another single. Goldy did what Goldy does and walked, then Murphy loaded it the bases with a single. Descalso then did what he does and got a single in a big situation, bringing home Jay and Goldschmidt. 10-6 Arizona
Pittsburgh got single tallies in both the fifth and seventh innings, though it was only one in the seventh because Andrew Chafin was pulled before he could do any more damage, as he allowed another inherited runner to score and left the game with runners on the corners. Yoshi Hirano came in and got a ground out to end the inning 10-8 Dbacks
Our final score came courtesy of Jon Jay. He came to bat in the bottom of the inning with two on and two out, and hit his third hit of his Diamondbacks career. This time it was a home run, his second of the season. 13-8 Diamondbacks
★★★ Jon Jay: 5-for-3, 3 RBI, 3 R, HR, first hits as a Dback
★★ Ketel Marte: 2-for-2, 1 BB, 3 RBI
★ Paul Goldschmidt: 2-for-3, 2 BB, 2 R
Toy Story: Ketel Marte, 20.6%
The Incredibles: Jon Jay, 15.2%
The Good Dinosaur: Clay Buchholz, -10.6%
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We’ve scored 10 runs. Can’t let the COTN be Jim posting obscure Snake Pit rules.
So there’s my prediction, 23-13 from here out. Dbacks will be 14 games over .500 at the All Star break.(6/8/18)by smartplays on Jun 12, 2018 | 9:21 PM reply rec (7) actions
With the win tonight, Arizona secures the series win over Pittsburgh. They also have scored 8 or more runs in five straight games. Over that stretch, they’ve scored 51 runs, which is the best for a five game period since they scored 52 between May 30th and June 4th 1999, literally a millennium ago, according to Jim on Twitter. Day game tomorrow at 12:40. Who knows, maybe it will be another massive game on offense, and they’ll top that 1999 record after all...