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Diamondbacks 11, Marlins 3: It’s Good to Be Home

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Another stellar start by Madison Bumgarner, coupled with the offense finding their stash of bats they hadn’t packed for the recent road trip, allowed us to weather another seemingly inevitable bad performance by the bullpen and notch another win in emphatic fashion.

Miami Marlins v Arizona Diamondbacks Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images

First off, a bit of a public service announcement: sorry this recap is going up late. It’s not our fault. The Snakepit, and the Gameday Thread, and SBNation as a whole, crapped out around 9:15pm AZ time, about twenty minutes before the game ended. It was a pity, too, because it had not only been a good game but a lovely and lively GDT up to that point, when it was tragically cut short. I really wanted to write this one up and then go to bed relatively early, because I spent last night trying to sleep on airport departure lounge chairs at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, and so I’m tired. But I will do my best to wait until the ‘Pit is back up, and post this all before finally sleeping, because I’m virtuous and I’m mighty and this is what I get paid the big bucks to do. Oh, wait....

Anyhow. The apparently resurgent Madison Bumgarner took the mound tonight against Marlins sinkerballer Pablo Lopez, who entered the evening sporting a sub-2.20 ERA, so it was definitely gonna be a pitcher’s duel, at least to a point. Thanks to the game being played at Chase, Bumgarner pitched the first half inning, and despite surrendering a one-out double to Marlins 1B Jesus Aguilar, he got through it without damage, and only took 15 pitches to do it. In the Diamondbacks half, Pavin Smith drew a four-pitch leadoff walk, but was promptly doubled off on a Carson Kelly grounder to short. Asdrubel Cabrera doubled to right, but a weak David Peralta grounder to first ended things without good trouble.

Bumgarner then pitched around a two-out single in the second, but was otherwise clean. It looked like the bottom of the second would resolve in similar fashion, and mainly it did, aside from Nick Ahmed’s first dinger of 2021, which he lofted about ten rows deep over the left field wall:

1-0 D-BACKS

Bumgarner surrendered another double to Aguilar in top of the third, and then a leadoff double to Marlins catcher Sandy Leon to open the fifth, but basically he was cruising. Despite the traffic, he ended the fifth with his pitch count at 65 pitches, the vast majority of which were strikes. The Diamondbacks offense, meanwhile, was quiet until the bottom of the fifth, when they finally got to Lopez and put the hurt on. Nick Ahmed led off the frame and drew a 6-pitch walk. Josh Rojas then singled to left, advancing Ahmed to third, while Rojas himself took second while Ahmed was beating the throw from the outfield. At this point, the GDT was calling for what kilnborn termed a “MadBomb,” and Bumgarner came close, driving one to the warning track that fell just short. It was still a very good sacrifice fly, as Ahmed scored and Rojas alertly tagged and took third.

Pavin Smith then lined a single to right, scoring Rojas.

Carson Kelly drew a walk, as it seemed like Lopez (who had been quite good through his first four innings) had broadly lost the strike zone by this point. Cabrera singled to center, loading the bases for David Peralta. That hit chased Lopez, who had been at 56 pitches at the start of the inning but who left at this point at 86 pitches, with only one out in the fifth to show for it. Some guy came into relieve him and the Freight Train doubled to right, plating Smith and Kelly and advancing Cabrera to third.

There was a bit more business thereafter, with Cabrera being thrown out at the plate, Eduardo Esobar singling t oright, and Ahmed drawing a base on balls for the second time in the inning, but when all was said and done we’d put up a five-spot. 6-0 D-BACKS

Meanwhile, Bumgarner cruised through another two innings, setting the Marlins down in order in both frames before being yanked for Kevin Ginkel in the top of the eighth, despite the fact that he had a shutout going and was only at 84 pitches. Ginkel, perhaps predictably, kinda screwed the pooch, notching one out but also giving up a walk, a triple and a dinger to Aguilar that earned him the hook. Chris Devenski came in to clean up the mess, and despite giving up a 2-out walk, stopped the bleeding. 6-3 D-BACKS

The Diamondbacks offense, though, was apparently not done, as they came out in the bottom of the eighth to perform an extensive and comprehensive de-Ginkeling. After Ahmed popped up to short to open the inning, the next four batters went triple, double, single, double, before Asdrubel Cabrera launched one over the fence in right, to make it all better again. 11-3 D-BACKS

Caleb Smith came out to pitch the top of the ninth, and despite surrendering a leadoff single, it was all fine, and we all get to go to sleep happy.

Win Probability Added, courtesy of FanGraphs

THE Doctor: Madison Bumgarner (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K, +31% WPA)
Doctor Demento: Nick Ahmed (2 AB, 2R, 1 HR, 2 BB, +14.4% WPA)
Doctor Scholl’s: Kevin Ginkel (.1 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 HR, -3.9 WPA)

A very active Gameday Thread was tragically cut short about 15min before the end of the game by SBNation completely melting down for a little while, but especially for a Tuesday, the participation was mighty. 17 commenters racked up 375 posts, with Smurf1000 leading the way tonight with 59 comments, well clear of the rest of the field. All present and accounted for were: AzDbackfanInDc, Dano_in_Tucson, Diamondhacks, GuruB, Jack Sommers, Jim McLennan, Makakilo, Michael McDermott, MrMrrbi, NikT77, Smurf1000, Snake_Bitten, Xerostomia, kilnborn, makattack71, since_98, therealramona

Nothing turned Sedona red aside from my comment regarding therealramona receiving her Ph.D last week, which is brilliant but not a game-specific comment, so Comment of the Night goes to Jack, for his admirably dry and arch observation (backed up by charts, because of course, it’s Jack) once Bumgarner was out and we were all starting to worry and complain about what passes for our bullpen:

So we got another one lined up for tomorrow evening with the Marlins. Zac Gallen is going for us, and facing off against that perennial favorite, TBD. First pitch is once again 6:40 AZ time. Hope you can stop by and join us.

As always, thanks for reading, and as always, go D-Backs!