The ten game road trip for the Arizona Diamondbacks saw another horror show. Their worst loss of the season was tonight, a 5-4 setback in 13 innings to the New York Mets. Cody Ross had the biggest hit of his D’back career with a solo home run leading off the 13th to put the D’backs ahead. Josh Collmenter took the loss allowing the final two runs that were set up by manager Kirk Gibson inexplicably intentionally walking the ice-cold John Buck, who had one of the worst games any player has endured this season.
Wade Miley pitched decently tonight, throwing 5 2/3 shutout innings in the opener of a four game set against the New York Mets. Six hits allowed and four walks issued really isn’t much to brag about but at least no Met runners scored. It was Big Wade’s second acceptable (relatively speaking) start in a row, having thrown seven innings of two earned run ball in his previous start. I won’t say Miley is back on track yet until I see a good start from him this weekend against the Colorado Rockies. The play of the night came in the bottom of the eighth when Gerardo Parra made a full extension try on a rocket off the bat of Omar Quintanilla . Parra had the ball pop out of his glove while his face hit the ground. The result was a triple for Qunitanilla and a trip to the clubhouse for Parra.
Paul Goldschmidt opened the scoring for the D’backs in the first inning with his 20th home run of the year, a two run shot which increased his National League leading RBI total to 69. Aaron Hill‘ single in the third frame pushed the Snakes’ lead to 3-0. The Mets had a golden opportunity to score in the bottom of the first inning but Buck struck out with the bases loaded to end the threat. New York chipped away, scoring single runs in the seventh off Brad Ziegler, eighth off David Hernandez and ninth off J. J. Putz. It was yet another blown save, their 50th (or so it seems) of the year. The only reason why the Mets did not win in the ninth inning was Buck’s inexcusable attempt to take second on a ball that skipped only slightly away from Miguel Montero. He was thrown out and it was on to extra innings we went. Neither team did much with the opportunities that were presented, particularly the Mets who left almost 20 runners on base. In the end, it was a miserable defeat for Arizona, one that took five and a half hours, or roughly the same amount of sleep I am about to get.
Will Patrick Corbin finally get his tenth victory of the year? Tune in later today as he will face Jeremy Hefner who is 2-6 with a 3.72 ERA but has strung together five straight outings of two runs allowed or less. First pitched is scheduled for 7:05 PM EST, 4:05 PM MST.
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