Paul Goldschmidt. If I just left it at that, that would be enough to explain the Arizona Diamondbacks offense on Thursday night against the Philadelphia Phillies, as the Dbacks lost 4-1 in a game delayed by rain for almost two hours. Goldschmidt had two of the Dbacks three hits, including his fourth home run of the season. Trailing 3-0 in the third with starter Ian Kennedy on the mound, it probably would have been better for the Dbacks had the game been called and made up later. Problem was, when would they have made the game up?
The Dbacks have just two off days left this season, Thursday September 15th, a day they have off in common with the Phillies, however that off day is a travel day between Los Angeles and San Diego, so that was not feasible. Philly will be returning home from a road trip. The Phillies play on September 22nd, the other day off for the Dbacks. So no good there. If these two teams had been forced to cancel, it would only be made up if necessary on September 29th after the season ended. So we knew we’d be waiting for the skies to let up, no matter how long it took.
Unfortunately for Kennedy, or fortunately depending on your view of things, he was not able to come back out after the long delay. The bullpen pitched admirably again, but the offense took the night off and seemed more in a hurry to get out of town than get runners on base.