Your game recap, brought to you in the form of the starting line-up. Game 4/162.
1. Willie Bloomquist (SS) – When he was batting in the top of the 2nd, Ryan Roberts stole 2nd base. Willie almost got his head taken off on what was probably an out-of-control curve ball (but might have been a rather terrible pitch-out) – fortunately he was able to hit the deck quickly enough to avoid being, you know, killed. And, then in the bottom of the 2nd, he jumped approximately 87 feet in the air to snare a liner.
And, with his first at-bat of the game, Willie did this:
2. Gerardo Parra (RF)- His first hit of the season went about 4 feet up the third base line in the top of the 5th, but he hustled and beat the throw. He then proceeded to promptly erase himself when he got caught attempting to steal second. He never really seemed to get into a groove at the plate throughout the game. He was starting in RF to give Justin Upton a day off, after he injured his thumb sliding into second base on Sunday.
photo credit: UCInternational
3. Chris Young (CF) – It wasn’t his best offensive showing. He had gone 0-for-4 with 2 popouts. Until the top of the 12th inning – when he smashed a 2-run home run to left field. Chris Young has been seeing the ball so well since the start of spring training and, having gone 0-for-4 on the night, it almost seemed like it was a matter of time. His season to this point (and, yes, its a small sample size, but come on!): .313/.353/.813/1.165. (Post-game, according to Jack Magruder, it was revealed that CY went into the clubhouse, watched some video of himself, and came out and hit the home run. Hard core.)
4. Miguel Montero (C) – Broke his bat in a spectacular fashion with 2 outs in the first and hustled up the line. When Edinson Volquez didn’t cover first, he got the gift of a base hit and hustled around to score on Paul Goldschmidt’s 1st inning double. And, gunned down Will Venable trying to steal second base.
5. Paul Goldschmidt (CF) – The Padres played him like a pull hitter and he crushed a ball into left-center with 2 outs, scoring 2 runs in the top of the first when then inning should have been over – but, the flying bat shards that kept Volquez from covering when Montero was hitting kept the inning alive. Also notable, he collected his first stolen base of the season. There was some running amok happening against Edinson Volquez.
6. Jason Kubel (LF) – In the 7th, Jason Kubel made up for his lack of defense with an outfield assist to nail Jason Bartlett trying to advance to second base. Fantastic.
6b. JJ Putz (CL) – Came in to close it down in the 11th. Started off by giving up a single, but the rally was short-lived. THUNDERSTRUCK!
7. Ryan Roberts (3B) – Showed fantastic plate discipline tonight, taking two walks and then stealing 2nd each time.
8. Aaron Hill (2B) – He didn’t have much action at the plate, but being stuck in the 8-hole tonight might spur on another offensive outburst for tomorrow.
the strike zone made the battle interesting.
9. Trevor Cahill (P) – He had a heck of a time finding the strike zone in the first 2 innings. In the second, he pitched himself into a bases-loaded jam by walking the bases loaded with 2 outs (the third walk was to his opposing pitcher), but somehow got out of it by striking out Cameron Maybin looking. He let in a single run and, while his final line wasn’t stellar, he calmed down and ended up with a quality start: 6IP, 2H, 1R, 6BB, 5K. All-in-all… could’ve been better, but could have been way worse. Hopefully some of the first-start jitters are out of the way.
9b. Geoff Blum (PH) – In his role as the official 6th-7th inning pinch-hitter for the pitcher, he struck out swinging in the top of the 7th.
9c. Brad Ziegler (RP) – In a somewhat surprising move, he came in to start the 7th, surrendered a leadoff triple to Orlando Hudson, followed by a single to Orlando Hudson, which tied the game at 2 in the 7th.
9d. Bryan Shaw (RP) – He came in to relieve Brad Ziegler with 2 outs and a runner on third in the 7th, and got Will Venable to get strike out and keep the game knotted at two. He continued his relief appearance in the 8th, with a quick 1-2-3 inning.
9e. David Hernandez (RP) – He came in for the bottom of the 9th. And,also having to fight a very narrow strike zone, he walked a batter and gave up single, but escaped unscathed.
9f. Lyle Overbay (PH) – Not successful against the 10th inning pitcher for San Diego – Micah Owings.
9g. Craig Breslow (RP) – With a nice and tidy 12-pitch 10th inning, he kept the team in the game for another inning. It was a contest between he and Bryan Shaw being the only 2 Dbacks’ pitchers to not give up either a hit or a walk to the Padres, but due to the well-timed Chris Young homer, he collected the win today.
9h. Justin Upton (RF)- Came in as a defensive replacement (shifting Gerardo Parra to LF) and he was actually involved in a play.
Score: 4-2, Diamondbacks win!; Record 4-0 (for the first time in franchise history); Padres HBP counter = 1 (total =3)
Conclusion: When you’re hot, you’re hot. And, right now, Chris Young is on FIRE!
Bonus (brought to you by the night’s very small strike zone):