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Offense, sort-of check. Starting pitching, double check. Bullpen? Oops.

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Diamondbacks News

Arizona 7, Colorado 8

Zac Gallen pitched yet another terrific game. In the end, the offense even managed to come through, despite another rough night for Eduardo Escobar and Co. at the bottom of the order.Alas, Kevin Ginkel allowed four earned runs without recording an out. THen, Alex Young allowed two more, while only managing to retire two Rockies. Eventually, Jeremy Beasley made his Arizona debut and surrendered two hits before getting the final out of the eighth inning.

Gallen Shines, Sets Record

By allowing only two runs in seven innings of work, Zac Gallen put his team in a good position to win the game on Tuesday night, He also set a new record by recording 19 consecutive starts of three or fewer runs allowed to begin a career, breaking the mark set by Montreal’s Steve Rogers in 1973-74.

Offensive Explosion Falls Short

Through seven innings, neither team was able to get much going. Then the bullpens took over. Arizona’s bullpen surrendered six runs in the eighth inning. The Diamondbacks though, were not done. THey took their own shot at Colorado’s bullpen, managing to tally five runs in the ninth. The comeback was impressive, but ultimately, fell one run short of being enough to save the eighth inning bullpen from hanging the team with another loss.

Around Baseball

Blackmon Chasing .400

Charlie Blackmon is doing his level best to put his name in the history books, asterisk or not. Now 17 games into theis abbreviated season, the Colorado outfielder is hitting a ridiculous .500 on the season. Given Blackmon plays in Colorado and that pitchers are dropping like flies around the league, it is not out of the realm of possibility that Blackmon could be the first hitter since Ted Williams to qualify for the season’s batting title with an average over .400.

Is MLB’s Postseason Bubble-Bound? (The Athletic)

Jayson Stark looks at MLB’s evolving plan to potentially play the MLB postseason in a neutral -site bubble.

Non-Baseball

Blue Jackets, Lightning Need 5 Overtimes

One of the most epic hockey games in history was just played last night in a stadium devoid of fans to see it. Yet, those absent fans might be somewhat relieved. After all, the first game of the playoff series between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Tampa Bay Lightning lasted a record six hours and 13 minutes. Columbus Goal Keeper, Joonas Korpisalo whiffed on a block 10:27 into the fifth OT. No one will be blaming Korpisalo though. After all, he did set a record last night, blocking 85 of 88 shots on goal. With that many shots on goal, it is amazing the game went as long as it did.