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Good pitching, just enough offense nails down series opener

MLB: Seattle Mariners at Arizona Diamondbacks Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Caleb Smith had a short but successful debut for the Diamondbacks. He pitched 3 efficient innings, allowing just one hit, a solo homerun in the third. The offense scored 3 first inning runs and tacked on one more in the 4th. Alex Young threw 5 13 effective and ultimately gutsy innings in relief to get the win. Stefan Chricton nailed down the last two outs of the 9th to earn his first career save.

Smith made a good first impression with his teammates picking them up after some shoddy defense by Nick Ahmed and Christian Walker in the first. Ahmed made a throwing error on a routine groundball by Dylan Moore, and later after having the runner picked off Walker threw side arm into Moore’s arm to allow him to get to second base. But Smith fanned Kyle Lewis and Kyle Seager to end the threat.

Smith walked one in the second inning, but worked around that, and gave up a homer Dylan Moore in the 3rd, but that was it. It wasn’t a bad pitch either as Moore tomahawked a fastball high above the zone into the left field seats. Smith needed just 40 pitches , 29 of which were for strikes in his three innings. Not yet stretched out, Torey Lovullo limited Smith’s outing, but had to be happy with what he saw.

The first inning rally was a welcome outburst. Tim Locastro singled to lead off the game. After being forced out by Josh Rojas, Christian Walker slashed a line triple into the right field corner, scoring Rojas. Eduardo Escobar lifted a sac fly to left scoring Walker. Not satisfied with that Kole Calhoun stroked a two out double through the shift and Nick Ahmed knocked him home with an RBI single to stake newcomer Smith to a 3-0 lead

The D-backs got to Kikuchi for a pivotal run in their half of the 3rd. Josh Rojas singled and went to 3rd on a bloop double by Eduardo Escobar down the right field line. Kole Calhoun lifted a deep fly to center to score Rojas making the sore 4-1

From there Kikuchi settled down with three hitless innings, lasting six, issuing just one walk to Stephen Vogt. in the 4th.

Alex Young came on in the 4th, and was great for the first 3 innings he threw, walking just one batter. The Mariners got one run back in the 7th. Young struggled with his control a bit, walking leadoff batter Evan White and allowing him to advance to second on a wild pitch. Marmolejos lined a one out single to center to score White. Young then got Philip Ervin to hit into a 5-4-3 double play however to get out of the inning with no further damage.

In the 8th inning Young allowed a two out homer to Ty France, a deep shot to left center field, making it a 4-3 ballgame.

Josh Rojas singled in the 8th and advanced to 2nd on a deep fly ball to center by Walker. But Escobar flew out and Calhoun struck out, stranding Rojas, and failing to deliver the insurance run.

With Stefan Chricton already warmed up in the D-backs bullpen Torey Lovullo surprisingly opted to send Young back out to face lefty Kyle Seager to lead off the 9th. It worked like a charm as he got Seager to chase a down and away slider for strike three as he couldn’t check his swing. That brought out Chricton to try to get the last two outs for the save.

He fell behind Evan White 2-0 but got back in the at bat and caught him looking for the 2nd out. Then Luis Torrens ground out to Nick Ahmed and that was the ballgame.

It was a very solid win, and well pitched and played game. The DBacks now have a two game winning streak.

Y’all gave this 6 recs, so here is your COTD. Ratt Leon getting a lot of play I guess

Fangraphs WPA chart won’t finish updating the game, so I’m going to sign off here and leave you the Baseball Savant Box for your viewing pleasure. The Mariners had the hardest hit balls of the night, but the D-backs had the most runs. They’re back at it again tomorrow night at 5:10 P.M.