The D-backs jumped out to a four-run lead, largely courtesy of infield prospect Ildemaro Vargas. His RBI single in the second got Arizona on the board, and a wild pitch later in the inning doubled the visitors’ advantage. Vargas went several bases better in the fourth, getting his first MLB career home-run, a two-run shot that made the score 4-0 to the Diamondbacks.
Zack Godley had been cruising, but we had to endure his usual bumpy inning. In this case, it was the fourth, as he allowed three runs to pull San Diego within one. But he helped redeem himself by drawing a walk in the sixth, to set up a bases-loaded walk for Jon Jay. Godley went six innings, allowing three hits on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts. After Shelby Miller made an unexpected return with a scoreless seventh, Brad Ziegler allowed a solo home-run in the eighth. Yoshihisa Hirano came in for the ninth and, unlike Archie Bradley last night, was able to hold a one-run lead.
Vargas, Eduardo Escobar and Daniel Descalso each had two hits, while results elsewhere set up a really interesting finale for the NL tomorrow.