MLB: AZ Diamondbacks Recap June 12th Game
We all knew that Wednesday’s Diamondbacks/Dodgers game would be much quieter than Tuesday’s bench and bullpen clearing fiasco. The two managers met at home plate before the game to exchange lineup cards and did exchange handshakes but from the look on both Gibson and Mattingly’s faces you could still see some “FIRE” in them; but perhaps more than that, maybe the two came to an understanding that the time for fighting had passed and it was now time for baseball.
It took the Diamondbacks a few innings but they finally broke through to score in the fourth inning. The team put together three singles. Cody Ross led off the inning; Miguel Montero was next to follow with his single, and then Martin Prado singled to left. When Prado singled either Williams sent Ross or Ross ran right through the signal to stop and kept running. Jerry Hairston fired in a throw from left field that easily beat Ross by ten feet. But catcher Ramon Hernandez could not hold on to the ball for the Dodgers and Ross was safe for the game’s first run. A single by Didi Gregorius brought Montero in to score, and then the Diamondbacks got their third run on a double play ball from Cliff Pennington’s bat. Arizona was up 3-0.
Patrick Corbin moved along the first 4 innings on only 43 pitches; but ran into trouble in the fifth inning. A leadoff double by Juan Uribe who moved to third on a ground out by Andre Ethier scored on another ground out. With two outs, things started to get thorny. Alex Castellanos hit a ground rule double moved to third on a passed ball. Pitcher Hyun-jin Ryu hit a ball to right field that got past a diving Gerardo Parra, and rolled all the way to the wall. When Pollock was able to track it down and throw it in Ryu was on third base. Things got even more disastrous after that. A single from Nick Punto brought Ryu in to tie the game, and then a single put runners at the corners. Another single this time from Adrian Gonzalez brought Punto in for a 4-3 Dodger lead. Corbin finally got Hairston to fly out to end the inning. Not Corbin’s best inning of work. This was the first time he gave up more than two runs in an inning this year.
The Diamondbacks threatened in the top of the sixth inning, bringing the pitcher’s spot to the plate with two outs and the bases loaded. Willie Bloomquist came in to pinch hit and popped out to right. That ended Corbin’s evening just five innings, four runs and a total of 64 pitches.
The Diamondbacks did put together a two out rally in the seventh. Goldschmidt started it with a single, took second on a base-hit from Ross (who finished the game going 4 hits in 7 at bats), and then scored the game tying run on Miguel Montero’s single to left.
Once again the Diamondbacks had to use their bullpen that has seen its fair share of innings. They played well through the rest of the game. Tony Sipp and Brad Ziegler teamed up in the seventh inning and David Hernandez who struggled on Tuesday night with his control came on and threw two innings and the Diamondbacks were on to another extra inning game.
Josh Collmenter was called on again to take the mound. The Diamondbacks offense threatened in the eleventh, with Cliff Pennington leading off the inning with a double. But was left stranded at third. Then Collmenter sent the Dodgers down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning, and the Diamondbacks had another chance in the twelfth.
Ross leadoff with a double, followed by Montero who a singled. A ground rule double from Martin Prado gave the Diamondbacks a run and the lead. A surprising intentional walk to Didi Gregorius, loaded the bases with nobody out.
Pennington was up next and singled to bring in Montero. The Dodgers then got two quick outs. Pinch hitter Eric Hinske’s fly out was not deep enough to bring in a run; and A.J. Pollock hit into a fielder’s choice that forced Prado out at home. However a single from Parra brought in two more runs and the Diamondbacks were up 8-4.
With a four run lead, the Diamondbacks decided to lift Collmenter for closer Heath Bell. Immediately, Bell gave up a solo home run to Ramon Hernandez to start the inning followed by a single to Yasiel Puig and then a walk to Skip Schumaker. Two ground ball outs advanced the runners, with the second groundout bringing in Puig. A two-out walk to Adrian Gonzalez brought the winning run to the plate for the Dodgers, but Bell got another ground ball for the third out. Once again the Diamondbacks were able to escape with the win.
The Diamondbacks are off today before arriving in San Diego to play the Padres for three games Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Trevor Cahill who has struggled recently gets the start Friday. Game time is 7PM. Ian Kennedy is to start on Sunday but look for the MLB offices to hand out a suspension for Kennedy maybe as soon as today. Then the Diamondbacks will have to make a decision on who will start. Will it Charles Brewer, or Josh Collmenter; or do they bring back Tyler Skaggs or maybe Archie Bradley for AA Mobile.
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