It is great to see the D-Backs wear their Sedona Red uniforms again. Especially in that Loan Depot Miami Ballpark, which has the worst lighting in all the MLB. On Wednesday, Arizona would close out a three-game series against the Marlins, possibly with a broom since they won the first two. Both games ended up with a 5-4, which is unusual. But it will not be the last unusual occurrence in the series with the fish.
Torey Lovullo had a rough start on Wednesday's game when Madison Bumgardner was thrown out in the first inning after arguing with umpire Dan Bellino over a foreign substance check. Corbin Martin took the ball in the second inning and pitched four, allowing three hits, two earned runs, four walks, and struck out three. Then Kyle Nelson took the ball until Lovullo pulled him out in the bottom of the seventh inning with only one out left.
Things started to get weird after that. First, the right-hander Noé Ramirez came into the mound to take on Jon Berti. Ramirez takes a deep breath and sends a 90mph fastball to the top right corner of the zone; Berti hits a line drive to left field and is gone. Second homer for Jon Berti in the game.
The second batter comes in the box, Jesus Aguilar. Ramirez is fresh with only one pitch thrown, frustration is there, but he takes another deep breath. Then deals another fastball at 88mph; Aguilar takes the pitch for a called strike. But Ramirez will throw again, and to everyone's surprise, Jesus Aguilar hits a 77mph curveball, almost out of the zone, to left field. GONE! The right-hander is in shock, cursing at his glove; he has given the Marlins two more runs with only three pitches—also, back-to-back.
Thankfully, the nightmare will be over after four more pitches; Jorge Soler steps to the plate being 0-2 at the time. First pitch ball, second fouled, third an 83mph changeup resulting in a swinging strike, and last pitch he goes for the exact changeup again; strikeout. Inning over! Noé Ramirez will take the most awkward stroll to the bullpen.
Before this last outing, Noé Ramirez had a 3.38 ERA with a 1.219 WHIP in 10.2 innings pitched. But, the D-Backs ended up with the 8-7 win against Miami. Arizona is still in the last place of the division with a 13-13 record. The next series should be interesting as Arizona takes on Colorado, just above the Diamondbacks in the division. The series will start on Friday at Chase Field.