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Preview, #88: 7/3 @ Dodgers

After last night, who knows what we’ll get.

Chico Marx And Harpo Marx In ‘A Night At The Opera’ Photo by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Getty Images

Today's Lineups

DIAMONDBACKS DODGERS
Jarrod Dyson - RF Joc Pederson - 1B
Ketel Marte - CF Alex Verdugo - CF
David Peralta - LF Chris Taylor - SS
Eduardo Escobar - 2B Cody Bellinger - RF
Christian Walker - 1B Max Muncy - 3B
Jake Lamb - 3B Enrique Hernandez - 2B
Nick Ahmed - SS Matt Beaty - LF
Carson Kelly - C Austin Barnes - C
Merrill Kelly - RHP Walker Buehler - RHP

They always say, you might see something at a baseball game that has never happened before. Last night, I thought it was going to be both starting pitchers having multi-hit games, despite neither lasting long enough to qualify for a decision. That’s the kind of quirky weirdness which I can stand, and we were one strike away from that being the case. Then... Well, you know the story: Greg Holland and T.J. McFarland combined to end a game with five consecutive walks for the first time in baseball history. Indeed, I wonder if any game had previously even ended with three consecutive walks. Personally, after the third base on balls, it seemed almost inevitable, and I could only laugh.

A roster move for the D-backs today, with Taylor Clarke going on the injured list with what is being called “left back inflammation”. Cynics might note the lengthy upcoming period in which the Diamondbacks won’t need a fifth starter, and see this as a manipulation of the rules, to get Cron’s bat available again. Me? I just wish Clarke well, in his recovery from... [checks notes] left back inflammation. To mark this, let’s update the standings for 2019 Reno Bus Bingo, since we last checked in before the game against the Pirates on June 12. Here’s how we stand after Cron’s arrival, which bumps him up to tied for second place, behind Jon Duplantier. The bottom of the chart also sees a couple of new entries!

  • Duplantier: 4 stints
  • Clarke: 3 stints
  • Cron: 3 stints
  • Locastro: 3 stints
  • Sherfy: 3 stints
  • Vargas: 3 stints
  • Crichton: 2 stints
  • Joseph: 2 stints
  • Leyba: 1 stint
  • Young: 1 stint

I wonder if this will affect Cron’s scheduled participation in the Pacific Coast League Home-Run Derby? I’d suspect not, and he’ll still be able to take part in the event, which happens on Monday in El Paso. That should be... interesting. You may think the Aces have been launching bombs this year - and they have hit 153 in 85 games. But the El Paso Chihuahuas have hit a staggering 181 home-runs in the same number of contests - more than two per game. Truly the year of the long-ball around baseball.