Record: 15-27. 162-game equivalent: 40-73. Change on 2019: -16.
This was an enjoyable game to watch, up until the sixth inning. Zac Gallen squared off against Giants starter Kevin Gausman in what was for the most part, a pitcher’s duel. This easily could have gone the other way, had the Diamondbacks been able to capitalize on some missed offensive opportunities.
Both starters were excellent in this game. Gallen’s start was much better than the end results show. Gallen started the game allowing a lead off single to Mike Yastrzemski. Starting with the next batter Alex Dickerson, who ground into a double play, Gallen retired the next 15 batters in a row. Overall, Gallen was fantastic through the first five, allowing just the lone hit, and striking out five. Once he reached the sixth inning, the wheels fell off, completely. A lead off walk to Pablo Sandoval, and a single from Joey Bart put runners on first and second with no one out. Sandoval was replaced with a pinch runner, and then a wild pitch advanced both runners to second and third. Not that it mattered, as Mauricio Dobson took a walk to load the bases.
Gallen would get an ineffective visit to the mound, as he then allowed three straight singles in a row; a sharp single to right by Mike Yastrzemski scored pinch runner Daniel Robertson. Darin Ruuf hit another sharp single, this time up the middle to center fielder Ketel Marte, scoring both Joey Bart and Mauricio Dubon. Donovan Solano followed with a third single, a sharp line drive to left, loading the bases. A this point Gallen was finally taken out of the game, his record-setting streak of 23 starts to begin his career, allowing three runs, was in serious jeopardy. For the Giants led 3-1, and still had the bases loaded, with nobody out.
He was replaced by Junior Guerra, who of course, walked the first batter he faced. That forced in the fourth run for the Giants to cross the plate, still without a single out recorded in the inning. It officially terminated Gallen’s streak, although Guerra would then get Wilmer Flores to ground into a double play, with the second out recorded at home plate, preventing a fifth run from scoring. Finally Brandon Crawford flew out to left, ending the inning with the Dbacks down 4-1. This closed the book on Gallen, who went five innings and was charged with four runs on five hits and two walks, with six strikeouts.
Meanwhile, the D-backs offense continued to struggle, this evening against Giants starter Kevin Gausman, with several missed opportunities. Christian Walker struck out in the first with two outs, but reached thanks to a wild pitch and poor defense from Joey Bart behind the plate, but would be thrown out on a pick off throw two pitches later to Kole Calhoun. The second inning was quiet, with Calhoun grounding out for the first out of the inning, and Wyatt Mathisen and David Peralta both striking out swinging to end the inning.
The Diamondbacks offense had opened the scoring with a run in the third after Daulton Varsho took a one out walk, followed by a Carson Kelly single putting runners on first and second, Josh Rojas then walked to load the bases for Ketel Marte. Marte hit the ball right at shortstop Brandon Crawford, but the latter was only able to get a force out. allowing Varsho to score Kole Calhoun leadoff the fourth with a stand up double, but Mathisen and Peralta both followed with a strike out. Nick Ahmed drew a free pass, but Daulton Varsho flew out to end the fourth. The D-backs had the tying run at the plate in the top of the eighth. Christian Walker drew a two out walk, and Kole Calhoun, but after a pitching change, Wyatt Mathisen popped up to end the inning.
The Diamondbacks scored another run in the top of the ninth, thanks to a lead off solo homer from David Peralta, with the Dbacks now within two runs of tying the game. However, Nick Ahmed ground out, Daulton Varsho struck out, and finally Carson Kelly ground out, ending the game with a final score of 4-2. The bullpen did their part, with Guerra, Keury Melia and Joe Mantiply combining for three scoreless innings. But the offense was once again dismal, managing only a trio of hits. They finish a 1-6 roadtrip, on which they batted .186 overall, and were a particularly dreadful 4-for-51 with runners in scoring position, having been 0-for-7 there tonight.
Another night, another losing Torey Lovullo post-game press-conference:
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Zaphod Beeblebrox: Kole Calhoun, +5.8%
Vogon poetry: Zac Gallen, -25.2%
Belgium, man - Belgium!: Wyatt Mathisen, -12.4%
It was a happy Gameday Thread, up until it wasn’t. Those present for it were: AzDbackfanInDc, AzRattler, ChuckJohnson56, Diamondhacks, EdTheRed99, GuruB, Jack Sommers, JoeCB1991, Makakilo, Michael McDermott, MrMrrbi, NikT77, Oldenschoole, Schilling2001, Smurf1000, Snake_Bitten, Totally Not Blind Squirrel, but still I apologize, gzimmerm and onedotfive. Comment of the night goes to ‘hacks:
I don’t think anyone can argue with that. We all knew the streak was going to come to an end eventually. It might have been nice though, if it had done so on a game where the offense showed up, repaying Gallen for all those tough no-decisions with a cheap win. But it was not to be. Still looking forward to his next start though.
It’s back to Chase Field for the Diamondbacks, with precious little to play for over the remaining 18 games except their self-respect. And based on recent efforts, that doesn’t seem to be providing much of a motivation. A three-game journey through the teeth of the Los Angeles Dodgers rotation starts tomorrow night, with Luke Weaver on the mound for Arizona.