Record: 19-35. Pace: 57-105. Change on 2004: -2.
After writing about all of our Minor League teams losing this morning, and with our 13 game losing streak, I expected to write about a fifth loss today with this recap. Fortunately the Diamondbacks exceed my expectations completely by having a solid win against the Cardinals.
Matt Peacock got the start, and was excellent in his six innings of work outside of a couple metaphorical speed bumps in the first and second inning.
After striking out Matt Carpenter to lead off the first inning, Matt Peacock allowed a solo home run to Dylan Carlson. Peacock went right back to work though, striking out Goldie and Tyler O’Neill to end the top of the first. In the bottom of the inning with two outs, Carson Kelly singled, but just like Josh Rojas and Ketel Marte earlier in the inning, the next batter Eduardo Escobar would also ground out, ending the inning.
In the top of the second inning, Peacock allowed a single to Sosa to lead off the inning. Jose Rondon next would ground into a force out, with Sosa out at second for the first out of the inning. The next batter Andrew Knizner doubled, scoring Rondon, and putting Cardinals up 2-0. In the bottom of the second inning, with two outs, Nick Ahmed tripled and scored on a Tim Locastro single, making the score 2-1.
The third inning nearly resulted in another run for the Cardinals after Matt Carpenter lead off with a double, advanced to third on a line out, and nearly scored if not for Goldschmidt hitting into a fielder’s choice, with Eduardo Escobar throwing Carpenter out at home. Peacock then struck out Tyler O’Neill to end the threat, and the inning. Peacock settled down after that, putting up three more scoreless innings before being relieved by Riley Smith in the seventh inning. Riley Smith scattered four hits and walk across his three scoreless innings of relief, and struck out four batters.
Back in the bottom of the third inning, Ketel Marte hit a solo home run to tie the game up at 2-2. The D-backs pulled ahead in the fourth inning after Ketel Marte singled with the bases loaded, scoring a pair of runs, and putting the D-backs up 4-2.
In the bottom of the sixth, the D-backs made it a blow with a five run inni9ng (and could have scored more, if not for Tim Locastro being thrown out at the plate for the first out of the inning). After relief pitcher Tyler Webb intentionally walked Ketel Marte to load the bases, Carson Kelly walked, forcing in a run. The next batter, Eduardo Escobar knocked in another run with a single, and forcing Webb out of the game. Jake Woodford relieved Webb, and promptly allowed a single to the fresh off the DL Christian Walker, scoring Ketel Marte.
Josh Reddick followed up with another single, scoring Carson Kelly. Nick Ahmed ground into a force out, with Eduardo Escobar scoring another run, and putting the Dbacks up 9-2. The D-backs went down quietly the rest of the game, with a walk erased after a double play in both the seventh and eighth inning, but as said earlier, Riley Smith was excellent in his three scoreless innings of work, and definitely earned the save, even if it wasn’t close at all by the end of the game.
Bells and whistles, by Jim
And, exhale. The losing streak is over. The D-backs reach the one-third point of the season, and can only hope for better. The 19 wins isn’t quite the lowest in franchise history; they were two worse, at 17-37 at the one-third point of the inaugural season in 1998. But it’s still well short of even the most muted expectations. Still, for today, the win’s the thing. Here are what the team had to say after the game. First, manager Torey Lovullo; then starting pitcher Matt Peacock; and finally, Swiss Army knife Josh Rojas.
Post-game audio [or link]
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Wanted: Ketel Marte, +30.7%
Salt: Matt Peacock, +12.1%
Those Who Wish Me Dead: Christian Walker, -11.8%
Not a bad turnout for the end of the streak, considering the Suns were also making it a good day all round for Arizona sport, in Los Angeles. Present were: AzDbackfanInDc, AzRattler, DBacksEurope, Diamondhacks, GuruB, Jack Sommers, Jim McLennan, Kram Isterpf, Makakilo, Michael McDermott, MikeMono, MrMrrbi, NikT77, Oldenschoole, Oscar Goldman, Smurf1000, Snake_Bitten, Ubersnake, chronicles_of_the_desert, edbigghead and kilnborn. Just the one Sedona Red comment, some positive affirmation from Kram Isterpf:
We’ll take it, on a day when the darkness which has increasingly encompassed the team over the past two weeks, finally lifted. They finally got to do their dance again!
About time Let’s dance more! pic.twitter.com/fdhOrJCMjJ— David Peralta (@DPFreightTrain6) May 31, 2021
Next up for the team will be the New York Mets, who come to town for a three-game series, starting on Memorial Day at 6:40 pm. The team will seek to begin a winning streak, as Merrill Kelly faces... Ah. Jacob deGrom.
Oh, well. It was nice while it lasted. :)