Record: 47-36. Pace: 92-70. Change on 2017: -5.
There are times when the game is fun. And there are those occasions when the time is fun, despite the game. This evening would be one of the latter. The ongoing curse which is SnakePitFest persisted: it seems the team is incapable of winning whenever three or more members of the site congregate. Tonight, was a gathering at SnakePit Towers, which featured a sizeable contingent of the Brute Squad under edbigghead, together with Turambar, Keegan, shoewizard and myself, and a bunch of Mrs. SnakePit’s relations visiting from California (it’s okay, they’re A’s fans). The result was basically irrelevant. Which is fortunate, because it wasn’t very good.
The early signs were good, Shelby Miller working around a one-out single in the top of the first, which included getting Andrew McCutchen looking at a 96 mph fastball. It was all downhill from there, unfortunately. The unraveling started with Jake Lamb’s two-out walk in the bottom of the first. For this was followed by David Peralta banging the ball into the left-field corner, where the Giants’ LF then booted it around. Tony Perezchica was initially waving Jake Lamb around, then changed his mind, threw up the stop sign, and a thoroughly confused Jake was like a Lamb to the slaughter, caught between third and home. No D-back would get past second base the rest of the night.
The Giants then took the lead, Brandon Crawford homering off Miller to lead off the top of the second. Though in the latter’s defense, it was a pitch down and in, which Crawford golfed out of the park. More TOOTBLAN followed for Arizona, with Ketel Marte thrown out at second on an ill-advised attempt to stretch out a single. The wheels then really fell off Miller in the third, as five consecutive Giants reached with one out, including a bases-loaded walk on four pitches and a two-run single to the Obese Raccoon. Crawford might well have been out at third, but the throw there hit the runner in the back. Instead, he came home on a sacrifice fly, and the Giants had a 5-0 lead.
Miller’s lackadaisical running out of a ground-ball, leading off the bottom of the third was greeted with boos by the Chase Field crowd, though that reaction was likely as much a hangover from the top of the inning. He allowed another solo home-run in the fourth, though did then work a 1-2-3 fifth frame, ending his night. Miller was charged with six runs on nine hits and a walk with six strikeouts. Beyond extending his pitch count, it’s hard to call it an improvement over his first outing. While he did lower his ERA - from 12.27 to 11.42 - there were no real mitigating factors like last time, e.g. defense, umpiring, etc. He couldn’t locate his pitches, and the Giants could simply sit on, and obliterate, the fastball.
It would not be fair to blame Miller alone for the loss. The D-backs’ offense looked little if any better than last night, being held to seven hits and a pair of walks as they were blanked for the fourth time this season, and the second at Chase Field (also May 4 vs. Houston). Jon Jay’s recent struggles continued: he went 0-for-4, and is now a startling 0-for-26 since his last hit, in the ninth inning against Pittsburgh last Saturday. The same went for Daniel Descalso: 0-for-4 with a trio of strikeouts, his struggles have been ongoing for a couple of weeks. Since June 17, Descalso is 4-for-35 with 13 strikeouts and has seen his OPS drop by 77 points.
David Peralta had a pair of doubles, Arizona’s only extra-base hits, and drew one of the two walks, while Marte had a pair of singles. However, Ketel had to be removed from the game after the second, legging it up the first-base line for an infield hit, only to pull up lame just before first-base, and falling onto the grass with an apparent hamstring issue. Fortunately, according to Torey Lovullo, it was only a bad cramp, so fingers crossed he’s right about that. The good news for our hitters tonight all came from Reno, where A.J. Pollock was a triple short of the cycle, walked and drove in three, while Steven Souza had a pair of triples, two walks, two RBI and two runs scored.
There was a Fangraph. But I’m sure you can guess a) what shape it took, and b) who was responsible. So, instead, here’s the pinata we had at SnakePitFest, about to be demolished by edbigghead jr - using, I should point out, a genuine Tony Clark baseball bat. I should also mention it contained miniatures of liquor rather than candy. Because that’s how we roll, dammit. And we all needed a shot of pineapple-flavored vodka after this more than underwhelming baseball experience. Still, thanks to all who showed up, brought food, booze and made it a very solid evening. Shame the D-backs couldn’t...
A quiet Gameday Thread, barely over 200: but then, quite a few of the usual suspects were tucking into the carne asada at SnakePit Towers! Those present were: AzRattler, BobDolio, DORRITO, DeadManG, Gilbertsportsfan, GuruB, Jim McLennan, Joey Lewis, Johnneu, Makakilo, Michael McDermott, MikeMono, MrMrrbi, Renin, SedonaRed24, aldma, hotclaws, lildbackfan21x and smartplays. Nothing got more than two recs, so we’ll move rapidly on. The Dodgers lost, so the D-backs lead in the NL West remains at 3.5 game, as we head towards the series finale this afternoon (it having just gone midnight!). I think it’s Zack Godley starting, but the pineapple vodka just kicked in, so fend for yourselves...