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Preview, #87: 7/2 @ Dodgers

I’m back. How do I do this again?

TOPSHOT-RUGBYU-6NATIONS-SCO-FRA Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images

Today's Lineups

DIAMONDBACKS DODGERS
Jarrod Dyson - CF Joc Pederson - 1B
Ketel Marte - 2B Alex Verdugo - CF
David Peralta - LF Matt Beaty - LF
Eduardo Escobar - 3B Cody Bellinger - RF
Adam Jones - RF Max Muncy - 2B
Jake Lamb - 1B Enrique Hernandez - SS
Nick Ahmed - SS Edwin Rios - 3B
Alex Avila - C Austin Barnes - C
Taylor Clarke - RHP Ross Stripling - RHP

Hello? Is this thing on? It’s been a while - 11 days since the last time I had to write one of these. It was kinda relaxing to be all but out of touch with the D-backs over that time, most of the games taking place in the middle of the Scottish night. Well, such as it is, considering you have more than 18 hours of actual, sun-up daylight - add on dawn and twilight, and there’s very little true “night” at all. But it was technically sleepy time, so I’d typically wake up in the morning and check my phone for the score. Presuming my 83-year-old father had turned the wifi on, anyway - for he turned it off last thing at night, apparently out of fear it would catch fire or something... Yeah, it wasn’t an easy week to be a fan.

By unhappy coincidence, the last game before I left, which was also my last recap, was also a Taylor Clarke start like tonight. So I’m fervently hoping my recap for this is considerably less... annoyed than the previous one. He did have a good outing against these same Dodgers while I was out of the country, allowing two runs over five innings against them at Chase Field on June 26, in his best outing by Game Score for more than a month. Hopefully, he can reproduce that again this evening, and get the D-backs back up above .500. They’ve been remarkably consistent: 86 games in, and Arizona remain within a narrow range of +7 and -3 of an even record. Last season, their range was 15 games (+15 to +0).

I’m just hoping I can stay up until the end of this one, as jet-lag has been kicking my ass for the past couple of days. That means hitting a wall of fatigue around four - which is awkward, since I still have three hours of work at that point! - crashing out at about 8 pm, and being wide awake at 4 am. It makes for an interesting life. Beating the Dodgers is never a chore, but if this one ends up going as badly as the last time I had to recap, I reserve the right to post it in the sixth inning. :)