After a weekend that brought about Kevin Cron’s debut and a great start from Taylor Clarke, we were treated to a meltdown that brings the bullpen to the forefront of the madness.
Let’s get started! In inning number one, the boys in Sedona Red were able to make some good contact however they went down 1-2-3 as did the Colorado Rockies. Inning two started out the same way with Christian Walker continuing his monumental drop in production (very close to filing the paperwork to create the Kevin Cron bandwagon). The Rockies only action was from young stud Brendan Rogers with a double to drive field on an 82 mph slider that allowed Rogers to take the pitch to the right side of the field.
The third inning was 1-2-3 for both sides which made me think, at least, that this would be one of those battles of Jon Gray and Zach Greinke. The fourth inning was where the run scoring started out. Jarrod Dyson was able to draw a walk on 6 pitches which was the perfect start to the inning given his speed. Ildemaro Vargas ripped a liner to center and the speed of Dyson allowed him to get into third safely. The only run of the inning came on a sac fly from Ketel Marte who has been on fire recently. The Rockies however were not about to let the Diamondbacks have all of the fun. Another young stud in David Dahl hammered a change-up that caught the outer half of the plate and was a good pitch that sometimes just get mashed. Daniel Murphy’s walk was the only action that would happen in the fourth inning and we went on to the fifth. The fifth inning was also a 1-2-3 inning for both sides.
After a Jarrod Dyson line out, the Diamondbacks were able to string together three singles and the third came off the bat of Eduardo Escobar which allowed the Diamondbacks to take a one run lead. A double play from Christian Walker and a line out by Blake Swihart ended the inning. With 2 outs in the bottom of the sixth, Nolan Arenado and Daniel Murphy singled with Ryan McMahon walked. However it would lead to nothing as Brendan Rodgers lined out to Christian Walker to end the inning.
The 7th inning was a very interesting inning, mainly becuase it started with a Nick Ahmed home run! Okay, jokes aside, after that Kevin Cron pinch hit and was called out on strikes. A double by Jarrod Dyson would not matter as Ildemaro Vargas grounded out.
Now lets get to the fun part. Yoshi Hirano was brought in and faced Tony Wolters and Yonathan Daza with the two grounding out and singling respectively. A wild pitch allowed Daza to go to second which lead to a walk to Mark Reynolds. A David Dahl walk would load the bases and Torey Lovullo brought in Archie Bradley. Yes yes...the same guy he said would not be pitching in high leverage situations. Of course, Nolan Arenado lined one to the left side and scored two. While they do not count against Archie....I mean....cmon dude.
Reporter: “Torey, what was your thought process bringing in Archie Bradley to face Nolan Arenado with the bases loaded?”— Keegan Thompson (@k_man5000) May 27, 2019
Torey Lovullo: pic.twitter.com/k1cx9pnDpu
Positive: Zack Greinke 29%, Yoan Lopez 12.2%, Jimmie Sherfy 10.1%, Jarrod Dyson 26.2%
Negative: Archie Bradley -19.8%, Matt Andriese -11.0%, Ketel Marte -18.9%, Christian Walker -30%, Blake Swihart -18.9%, Alex Avila -10.8%, Adam Jones -11.4%
Positive: Bryan Shaw 16.4%, Scott Oberg 16.4%, Seunghwan Oh 16.4%, Carlos Estevez 12.2%, Ramiel Tapia 13.8%, Nolan Arenado 13.2%, Trevor Story 16.5%
Negative: Ryan McMahon -12.6%, Brendan Rodgers -11.3%, Tony Wolters -24.5%
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From the eighth to the tenth inning, there was nothing to really touch upon. I mean the last out of the tenth inning ended with a challenge on a tag play but let’s be honest here friends, it was not too important. The bottom of the 11th inning is where our story ends. An Ian Desmond double which was reviewed gave the Diamondbacks a break. However, Raimel Tapia singled on an 80.8 mph curve-ball that was essentially down the middle.
Phew, this one stings. A 3-1 lead was blown and we are now faced with many questions. Torey Lovullo paraded around the idea that he was going to play guys based on how they are doing and have a shorter leash. Well Archie came in during a high leverage situation and Christian Walker has been horrid. Jimmie Scherfy has been pretty darn good and deserves more opportunities. This team can be great, however you have to put the politics and manipulation of service time aside and give this team a change to roll with its talent.