Your Dbacks’ game recap. Brought to you by the starting nine. And friends. Game 3/162.
1. Willie Bloomquist (SS) – Keyed the offense in the first inning with a single and a stolen base and was left stranded on third when none of his teammates could put the ball in play. He also doubled in the 3rd and was stranded again. And, in the 8th, he got Overbay caught in a rundown on a safety squeeze after mixing up his signs. Error count = 1.
2. Aaron Hill (2B) Clearly, no one expected him to have a repeat of yesterday. He did alright on the day, though. 0-for-the day with a very important walk and a run scored. Also, a slick double play in the 8th. Wasn’t able to come through with 2 out in the 8th. Error count = 1.
3. Justin Upton (RF) – 0-for-3 with a walk and 2K.
4. Miguel Montero (C) – 0-for-2 with 2 walks and 2 runs scored. Error count = 1.
5. Chris Young (CF) – 1-for-4 on the day with a run scored.
6. Ryan Roberts (3B) – He made a stunning heads- up play in the top of the 6th inning and then in the bottom of the 6th, he cranked a 2-run homerun to make the score a little closer (6-4). Error count = 1.
7. Lyle Overbay (1B) – As part of the offensive explosion in the 6th, he went back to back with Ryan Roberts, bringing the score to 6-5. He also drove in 2 runs with a double earlier in the game.
8. Gerrardo Parra (LF) Had a pretty uneventful day until he dropped down a decent bunt in the 8th. Error count =1.
9. Josh Collmenter (SP) – In his first start of the season, following a spring training full of questions, he never really settled in and was pulled for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the third. 6R(5ER),5H,1BB,4K,1HR. Following his exit, the Dbacks were down 6-0 after 3 innings.
9b. Geoff Blum (PH) – Pinch hitter.
9c. Wade Miley (RP) Coming in for mop-up duty in the 4th inning, down 6-0, threw 4 innings of shutout (no hit) ball with 4 errors behind him. If baseball gave out stars for the game, he would get the first one. Not a bad day for a kid expecting to be proving himself in the minors this season.
9d. Jason Kubel (PH) – He collected his first hit as a Dback as a pinch hitter, but was unfortunately erased when Willie Bloomquist hit into a force out.
9e. Paul Goldschmidt (PH) – K in the 8th against Sergio Romo.
9f. Craig Breslow (RP) – With David Hernandez having pitched 2 days in a row, the 8th inning was his – his first in a Dbacks jersey. His first pitch sailed over Montero’s head and his second buried into the dirt, but he then calmed down and pitched a solid 8th.
9g. Bryan Shaw (CL – today) – Recorded his first save of his major league career. It wasn’t pretty, there was a groundout, a flyout, a broken bat single, a hit by pitch to Sandoval, but he got Buster Posey to go down swinging in a very dramatic fashion.
Not to harp on it, but the HBP is probably going to stir up even more drama, considering that Sandoval and Bloomquist had exchanged words while Bloomquist was standing on 2nd, allegedly about watching signs. I’m personally feeling like a young, nervous first-time closer isn’t wanting to put the go-ahead run on base with Buster Posey coming to bat, but this is definitely fuel to the fire.
It wasn’t Buster’s best day, joining in on the error parade when he didn’t get his foot onto home plate for a force out at home.
In the end, the Dbacks were able to come back from a 6-0 deficit and win a sloppy contest with more errors than highlights. But, a.win is a win and today Wade Miley earned his win.
Conclusion: Miley’s 4 no-hit innings provided the opportunity for the Dbacks to take center stage in this comedy of errors. And, fittingly, he got the win.
Score: 7-6; Diamondbacks win; Record 3-0. HBP counter is at 3 (2-Dbacks, 1-Giants)