Jul 9, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (44) is doused in celebration by teammates after hitting a walk off double in the tenth inning to beat the Miami Marlins 4-3 at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
The Diamondbacks played their final home series before the All Star break against the contending Marlins and it wasn’t easy. But this team got it done as they took two out of three thanks to great starting pitching in all three games, and Paul Goldschmidt‘s heroics. Here is a recap of all three games against the Fish:
Game 1: Marlins-1 Diamondbacks-9
The Diamondbacks started the series the right way winning a rare blowout game. Dbacks starter Chase Anderson bounced back in a big way for the Snakes tossing 6 innings while allowing just one run while scattering seven hits and matching his career high with 8 strikeouts. To put it simply Anderson was in command from the start. He credited his ability to command and locate his fastball as the key to his great start. He snapped his personal four game losing streak and picked up his 6th win. He also got plenty of run support again. The Dbacks put up a five spot in the second, and they got three more in the fourth.
Game 2: Marlins-3 Diamondbacks-2
Vidal Nuno didn’t get nearly the run support that Chase Anderson, and thanks to another poor performance from Addison Reed, it ended up costing him. Nuno was flawless in his Dbacks debut striking out a career high 7 over seven scoreless innings. He had only lasted seven innings once before in his career. You could argue that Nuno had the best start of his career. Problem is he didn’t get any run support. Despite benefiting from not one but three Marlins errors the Dbacks were 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position. That is horrible. However in the late stages they were still in position to win with a lead going to the 9th inning. Then Addison Reed blew another save and the Dbacks lost 3-2. Bottom line Reed needs to be removed from the closer’s role.
Game 3: Marlins-3 Diamondbacks-4
The Diamondbacks needed this series victory and they did it. Miami had taken a 3-1 lead going into the 10th inning but you can never count this team out. Aaron Hill opened the Arizona 10th with a pinch hit single. Ender Inciarte walked on four pitches and then David Peralta singled to cut the lead to 3-2. On the next pitch, America’s First Basemen hit one to the left-center field gap for his fifth career walkoff hit to give his team a series victory.
The Diamondbacks finish off the first half with a series in San Francisco against the Giants before the team sends Goldy to the All Star Game in Minnesota.