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Diamondbacks 5, Marlins 3: A Messy Win Looks the Same in the Standings

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In a game highlighted by the pitching staff getting out of sticky situations, the offense came from either the most unlikely or obvious source, depending on your point of view :-)

MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at Miami Marlins Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Diamondbacks had a couple of false starts this evening before they got the offense going tonight. They wasted a one out double from Paul Goldschmidt in the first, and then again wasted a single from John Ryan Murhpy and a walk from Nick Ahmed. Things went better in the third inning. Jon Jay lead the inning off by doing what he does best and getting hit by a pitch. Paul Goldschmidt flew out for the first out but moved him to second. Jake Lamb followed that up with an RBI double to break the shut out. He was then in turn brought home by another double, this time off the bat of David Peralta. 2-0 Dbacks

Meanwhile, Zack Godley was effective, but sloppy. He gave up a single to Derek Dietrich on the first pitch of the game, but got Brian Anderson to ground into a 5-4-3 double play in the next at bat. The inning extended again, though, when he gave up a walk to Justin Bour. Starlin Castro grounded out to end the first before any damage was actually inflicted.

The bottom halves of the second and third were similar. A lead off double in the second from the bat of JT Realmuto was erased thanks to him trying to extend it to a triple. Miguel Rojas then reached on a Nick Ahmed error. Godley extinguished that as well by getting a fly out and a ground out for the last two outs of the inning.

He wasn’t quite as lucky in the bottom of the fourth. JT Riddle (no word on if he is any relation to Tom) lead off the inning with a single. Miguel Rojas moved him to second on a ground out and Riddle then went to third on a single Lewis Brinson, who took second on the throw. That set the table or Bryan Haloday to get bring home Riddle with a ground out and put the Marlins on the board. 2-1 Dbacks

Arizona answered right back in the top of the fifth. Lamb drew a one out walk and Peralta followed that with a single. Ketel Marte struck out for the second out, bringing John Ryan Murphy, who I might start calling The Outlaw, because whether or not he is a hero or a villain seems to depend on who you ask and what stories you hear, to the plate. This is one of the stories that paints him as a hero, though, because he dropped a double just inside the third baseline to bring home both Lamb and Peralta, extending the lead by two. 4-2 Dbacks

The Diamondbacks would need that run, as Godley failed to have a shut down inning in the last half of the fifth. It was going smoothly, needing ten pitches to get the first two outs. But as the radio team was talking about Godley’s chance for his first 1-2-3 inning of the night, Starlin Castro put a fly ball over the wall in left for a solo home run. 4-2 AZ

Both teams were quiet in the sixth. Dyson, Godley, and Jay went down in order for the Diamondbacks. Marlins didn’t accomplish much more. However, a lead off single from Rojas was the end of the road for Godley, before Salas sat down the three batters he faced to end the sixth.

John Ryan Murphy continued his good night in the seventh. After a walk, an error, and an intentional walk loaded the bases, he brought home his third RBI and the Dbacks’ final run of the night with a sac fly. Archie Bradly gave up a single and a walk before the second error committed by the Diamondbacks tonight brought home the Marlins last run. 5-3 Diamondbacks

Yoshi Hirano appeared tonight, and he extended his scoreless innings streak, though not without some drama of his own. He loaded the bases thanks to a HBP with one out and then back to back two out singles. A Bour flyout to center ended the inning without any runs crossing the plate, however. Brad Boxberger pitched the ninth and got his 18th save of the season

★★★: John Ryan Murphy, 23.7% WPA

★★: Jake Lamb, 15.6% WPa

★: Fernando Salas, 13.2%

The GDT was probably busier than the entire Marlins SBN has been all month, with 728. Justin27 was responsible for 118 of those with both DC and Rockkstar just missing triple digits. All present were:

AzDbackfanInDc, AzRattler, DORRITO, DeadManG, DesertWeagle, GuruB, Imstillhungry95, JTyson, Jackwriter, Jim McLennan, Justin27, Makakilo, Michael McDermott, MikeMono, Rockkstarr12, asteroid, edbigghead, gamepass, hotclaws, lildbackfan21x, onedotfive, shoewizard, smartplays, suroeste

No Sedona Red comments tonight, so we’ll skip the CotN. Same Bat-time, different Bat-channel tomorrow, as the broadcast returns home to FSAZ. See you then!