Record: 5-9. 162-game equivalent: 13-24. Change on 2019:, -8,
Well, when last I beercapped Gallen was backhanding batters left and right, but overall the D-backs were looking very underwhelming.
Fast forward a week and though we’re still very much down, it does appear that there is some hope. Mostly notably in our bats finally waking up (unless your name is Lamb).
Still a very small sample size, but there’s something there now, not named Gallen ,to get you excited about this team.
Let’s see how it goes........
Beer 1: Day Beer Golden Ale by Goldwater Brewing Co. 5% ABV
First half of the 1st goes by so fast I barely get a sip in on my beer. Praying that isn’t a harbinger of things to come. Especially since Weaver’s about to climb the mound, the very same Weaver who I had pinned so many high hopes on prior to this season, but who also has a 14+ ERA.
Lo and behold. The Weaver we’ve come to loath and fear starts the first with a lead off HR. Wow, I may need to get more beer. 0-1 Padres
Goldy must truly watch over us, for Weaver somehow gets out of the first giving up only 1run. Praise be!
1-2-3 go the D-backs....again. Not quite the exciting offensive production we saw last series. Please don’t do this to me, I can only drink so much beer. :(
Wow. Another lead-off HR given up by Weaver. That’s fun. 0-2 Padres.
As Jack Sommers wrote in the preview Weaver NEEDS to figure things out, just like his fellow starter Gallen seemingly has. He can’t leave pitches to just float lazily up in to the zone and not expect them to get murdered day in and day out. Dial in that game kid, or you’re on a one way trip to the Tree of Woe.
Thankfully Goldy must still watch over us, or at least his chosen one Kole does. A spectacular inning ending leaping grab in the right field corners helps stop further insult to injury from occurring. Still, we’re down early, and that’s not good.
Lamb strikes out for what feels like the hundredth time this season for the second out in the 3rd. Why, why does he still have a roster spot? Pretty sure we’ve seen enough by now to know he’s not up to being a starter or maybe even a major leaguer. If there’s anyone that needs to be nailed to the Tree of Woe right the hell now it’s Lamb. 0-2 going in to the bottom of the 3rd.
Luke finally gets a clean inning under his belt, and it appears he’s finally realized that the home plate umpire for today is calling some very lllllloooooooooooooowwwwwwww strikes. Which as our broadcast crew has pointed out is just fine for Weaver, but even better for Davies, who’s been carving up the Dbacks bats with those off speed pitches.
Davies continues his dominance in the 4th, having thrown 4 innings of no-hit baseball. So much for my pregame praise of our bats. 0-2 going in to the bottom of the 4th.
Beer 2: The Future is Fluid IPA by Almanac Beer Co. 6% ABV
Luke Weaver gets shown the door a little early (despite some struggles) and it falls to Alex Young to keep this game close. No word on what’s up with Weaver, but the booth thinks he tweaked his back.
Young takes care of business and we still are in this game folks. If only our bats could do anything against Davies......
Escobar gets our first hit of the game! Davies is human after all. Then Peralta follows immediately after with a single of his own and we now have men on 1st and 2nd with one out.
But with Vogt popping out and Lamb coming up to the plate, my hopes for any Dbacks runs this inning have abruptly vanished.
Once again, why is Lamb playing? Anyone? Anyone at all?
Opportunity lost, thanks once again to Lamb. 0-2 Padres.
Another inning and another leadoff HR given up. Nice Dbacks. Awesome. 0-3 Padres going in to the 6th. FML.
Ahmed leads off the 6th with a single, but despite two outs immediately following that the Padres decide to pull Davies. Why? Are they taking pitching cues from us?
Doesn’t matter though as Starling strikes out. Thankfully, there’s more beer. 0-3 Padres...... still
Beer 3: Laser Rain Gose by Modern Times Beer 5.6% ABV
Damn. This beer is actually brightening my increasingly darkening mood, with it’s pleasant notes of cucumber and guava. Might be the perfect summer beer. No, strike that, it’s the best summer beer ever. Too bad I can’t say the same for this game.
Taylor Clarke brightens my mood just a bit further with an almost flawless inning, but it’ll be all for naught if our bats can’t get a run across the plate. There’s still time though, but not much.
Nothing going the the 7th for the bats, but Clarke has another flawless inning and we still kinda sorta have a game. Kinda. Sorta. 0-3 Padres.
Lamb does nothing once more, bringing his average to .048. Let that sink in for a minute. I’m pretty sure if I rubbed ghost peppers in my eyes and broke both my arms that I would hit better than that. Just saying.
D-backs now find themselves in the 9th and down by three runs.
Kole strikes out, but Starling reaches 2nd on an error, and we potentially got something going.
Walkers pops up though and that leaves Escobar to salvage the game, but a line out ends this miserable game miserably and I don’t even reach my 4th beer.
Bells and whistles, by Jim
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Purple heart: David Peralta, +5.0%
Yellow feather: Christian Walker, -10.3%
After Arizona fell behind on the first pitch, and the bats returned to their regularly-scheduled slumber, it’s no surprise the Gameday Thread was quiet. Just 120 comments, with no-one reaching even twenty. Those present were: Augdogs, AzDbackfanInDc, GuruB, Jack Sommers, Makakilo, Michael McDermott, MrMrrbi, NikT77, Oldenschoole, Preston Salisbury, Schilling2001, Snake_Bitten, gzimmerm, kilnborn, onedotfive and since_98. Nothing turned Sedona Red; the three comments which got two recs were all about Jake Lamb, so I’m tempted to just insert deadhorse.gif and leave it at that. No Comment of the Night.
We’re back tomorrow, same bat-teams, same bat-location, same bat-time, with Merrill Kelly getting the start for the Diamondbacks.