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Snake Pit Sim Season: 6/12 - Closing the Gap

With another victory, the Diamondbacks now sit only one game behind the Dodgers for first in the NL West.

The story of this game was once again, Arizona’s pitching. Luke Weaver needed only 99 pitches to record one out in the eighth inning. In that stretch, he allowed only six base runners which accounted for all two of San Diego’s runs scored.

The Padres actually jumped out on top first in this game. With one out in the bottom of the first, Jurickson Profar laced a single to center. Fernando Tatis Jr. followed with a double between center and right which was fielded by Starling Marte. Profar scored on the play.

In the next seven innings of work, Weaver allowed only two hits and two walks, with no opposing runners making it beyond first base. The streak was ended at 21 batters when Tommy Pham doubled with one out in the eighth. That double brought an end to Weaver’s night. Will Smith then came on to pitch. The lefty allowed a productive groundout to the right side then uncorked a wild pitch, allowing the inherited runner to score, hanging a second earned run on Weaver.

The Diamondbacks scored in the second inning when they started the inning off with singles by Josh Rojas and Carson Kelly. Ryan Mountcastle then struck out on three pitches, before Nick Ahmed then hit a double to the wall in center, scoring Rojas. It was Nick Ahmed again in the fourth who was involved in the scoring. In that inning, Ahmed singled and then took second on a sacrifice bunt by Weaver. Ahmed then took third on a groundout to first by Starling Marte. Ahmed then came in to score when David Peralta singled to right. Arizona’s game-winning insurance run came in the seventh inning when Ketel Marte lined a pitch 390 feet into the left field bleachers.

Although it took him 20 pitches to complete the inning, Archie Bradley came on for the ninth inning and picked up a pair of strikeouts en route to notching another save on the seaqson.

Final Score: AZ 3 - SD 2

The player of the game was Luke Weaver. Weaver worked efficiently, keeping the Padres guessing all game. Recording only four strikeouts belies just how much he had San Diego hitters out in front of pitches.

The same two teams are at it again tomorrow. Madison Bumgarner will face off against Garrett Richards.