Well. Once more my bike ride leads me to drink and to baseball. Today though I’m writing a Beercap with a heretofore unseen pitcher (to me and many Dbacks fans at least) Frankoff. Yet another reminder of just how badly the injury bug has truly %^#€ed this team thus far. On that fun note I just found out Carson Kelly is on the IL with a fractured toe: oh what fun!
Beer 1: Coconut Porter by Maui Brewing Co.
Yes, it’s the dawn of summer, and a porter has no place in summer, but this is one of the first canned beers I truly loved and it continues to be an epic classic for me and my palate. Funny thing is I hate coconut in every other form. Go figure.
Frankoff starts the game with a leadoff double. Splendid. I’m getting flashbacks from last night already.
Frankoff’s allowed 1 run, thrown two wild pitches to advance two different runners to third and allowed a walk and we’ve only tallied 1 out. FML. 0-1 Nats
Somehow he’s gets out of the 1st only allowing a single run, but I’m thinking that was luck more than anything.
Smith leads our half of the 1st off with a single and Rojas just barely missed a 2-run bomb, but with them on 3rd and 2nd respectively Escobar brings them both home with a single. I can get behind this kinda baseball: 2-1 Dbacks.
Peralta’s single makes it 4 straight hits to open the inning. Suddenly Frankoff seems like a pitching genius in comparison.
VanMeter gets called out on a borderline strike to give the Nats some much needed relief, but Varsho keeps that hurt train going full steam ahead with yet another Dback hit (5 thus far with only 1 out). Ahmed then pops out and Ross opts to load the bases for Frankhoff, who almost beats out an infield single. Inning over, but damage done: 3-1 D-backs going in to the 2nd.
Beer 2: Helical Haze by Simple Machine
Well, so far this has been a surprising start of the game. I’ll take it.
Another run given up by Frankoff here in the 2nd, but he looks much improved, though certainly not commanding. I’ll take what I can get though. 3-2 Dbacks going in to the bottom of the 2nd.
No more D-backs fireworks in the 2nd; guess that was too much to hope for after the 1st. Meh.
Frankoff notches up a bloodless inning in the 3rd, which is very much needed, and we’ll need a couple more of those to have any kind of hope this game: 3-2 Dbacks heading to the bottom of the 3rd.
Scoreless 3rd and it looks like both Frankoff and Ross have settled down a bit. 3-2 Dbacks heading to the 4th
Beer 3: Mile 257 IPA by Wren House Brewing Co
I can’t tell you all how happy I am that Wren House’s taproom reopened. It’s a sign of things returning to “normal” a sign we’re finally getting out of this Covid malaise. I don’t know about you other readers but these last three weeks have really felt so full of relief. Really hope it keeps up.
Yet another uneventful inning by Frankoff, and he’s giving me some minor glimmer of hope that we might avoid our bullpen for a minute longer.
Pavin and Rojas reach with two outs, which allows Escobar to bring them home in glorious fashion with a 3-run no-doubter to right field. 6-2 Dbacks. Cheers!!!!
With Frankoff allows two to reach with one out here in the 5th it looks like Torrey is just about done with him, though he decides to keep him in a bit longer,
Ok. Taking a brief break to bike back home for the rest of the game, so I hope you all will forgive me just a bit.
Luckily while I was on my bike our bullpen decided to actually relieve Frankoff after his night was done and I get home having missed not just that but a 2-run bottom of the 5th where we extend our lead to 8-2. I like this quite a bit.
Post-Bike Beer 4: Lupulin Amnesiac Zero IBU IPA by Odd 13
Ok, not all of you know what IBU is, that refers to International Bitterness Unit. That’s relevant because back in the day when I first started this Beercap thing West Coast IPAs were all the rage, and those beers were BITTER. I’m talking so bitter they went beyond what the human tongue could taste (roughly 90 IBUs). I remember seeing a beers pushing 120 IBU, now though with the hazy beers because of when hops are added in the boil they’re hardly bitter at all.
Enough with the fun facts, back to baseball. While I was waxing romantic about this beer our bullpen actually showed up for a second inning in a row. Madness. So we’re here in the bottom of the 6th still up 8-2 and hopping to add on more.
Peralta adds another run with a homer that leaves his bat at a blistering 107mph. Nice! 9-2 Dbacks cruising over the Nats.
Clarke allows a run here in the 7th and Torrey decides it time to make another switch with Joe Mantiply (???) replacing Clark. Let’s see if our increasingly changing bullpen can keep our lead to 9-3.
Luckily Mantiply keeps things mostly ok and we’re still very much in control as my wife prepares nachos. She’s awesome.
No action for the Dbacks in the 7th so we’re getting down to crunch time.
Still no more Nats runs in the 8th. I can just about see the light at the end of the tunnel.... still 9-3 going to the bottom of the 8th.
Wow. A 7 RBI night for Escobar with a 2-run blast and we’re at 11-3 and feeling good. I like.
Beer 5: Parallel Patterns Double IPA by Burgeon Beer Co
Seemed fitting to close out this game with another fine ale.
Poor bullpen does poor things in the 9th allowing a run in the 9th, and almost allowing much more, but blessedly we hold them off and get the much needed win.
Drink up my readers! There’s yet hope!!!
Bells and whistles by Jim
This was our first trip to Chase Field since... I think Goldy’s return in 2019? Many thanks to the Stokes clan for the invite, and a great time was had by all. It was a genuine pleasure, with the only speed-bump the discovery by Mrs. SnakePit that there is no longer any coffee to be had at Chase Field. An entire herd of endangered animals needed to be sacrificed to placate her terrible wroth at that. Well, it took a trip to Coldstone, at least. I will say, the top of the first inning made me very nervous, but I think Frankoff was simply over-amped. Each inning was better thereafter, until the fifth. Much credit to Young for a 3-pitch K to leave the bases loaded, and it was more or less plain sailing thereafter (Lopez notwithstanding).
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Bruce Lee: Eduardo Escobar, +29.9%
Jackie Chan: Varsho, +13.9%; Rojas, +11.2%
Steven Seagal: Nick Ahmed, -7.9%
Present in the Gameday Thread were: AzDbackfanInDc, Diamondhacks, GuruB, Jack Sommers, Jim McLennan, Keegan Thompson, Makakilo, Michael McDermott, MrMrrbi, NikT77, Smurf1000, Snake_Bitten, edbigghead, errordataguy, kilnborn. I guess we can add to the list those who were present at the ballpark, which would be myself, Mrs. SnakePit, imstillhungry85, craiginphoenix and JoeCB1991 - good to see you all! Comment of the night to kilnborn, presented without further addition.
A very unexpected win this: between the murderball last night, and the latest slew of injuries, this had the makings of a disaster even before it started. But credit to Seth Frankoff, for doing all that could reasonably be expected of him, the bullpen for getting the big outs when they mattered most, and the offense for not letting up. Hope is not dead, folks. The current roster CAN win. How often, remains to be seen of course. Beginning with the runner game tomorrow, in which Luke Weaver starts for the D-backs. 1:10 pm first pitch there.