Game 18 Recap vs D-backs
If small ball and manufacturing runs is your sorta baseball, tonight was the game for you. Before we get into that, how about that outing from Dakota Hudson?
Outside of the three free passes he issued, all to LHB, which is something that’ll need to get figured out as we move along here, Hud was cruising through the Arizona lineup. Hud would throw 10 or fewer pitches in three of the six innings tonight, all being 1-2-3 frames. He’d even get some nice help from his gold glove CF to end the 3rd, as Haaaaaarry would take away an xbh from Smith, crashing into the CF wall for the emphatic catch.
The first hit for Arizona would come with one out in the 6th, as leadoff man Daulton Varsho lined a single to RF.
Hud’s night would end at 6IP, 1H, 0ER, 3bb/ 4k
Now to the bats, what an obscure night. Another 15-hit attack paved the way, back-to-back games with 15 base hits, expect tonight they were all singles. You read that right, ALL SINGLES.
The first two runs of the game would come off sac fly’s, the first from Prince and the second from Dickerson. You’ll notice I don’t have a cool nickname for Dickerson just yet, but he can change that in due time.
The next two runs would both cross the plate on rbi singles, as Edman would drive in Bader (who singled twice tonight, both times beating the shift by shooting them into RF) and Goldy would drive in DeJong (HBP) to make it 4-0. Prince would drive in Edman with his second sac-fly in as many innings to pad the lead to 5-0 after 2.
What I don’t want to go unnoticed this game was how incredible the base running was, from literally damn near the entire lineup. There were three instances where a runner would take advantage of the D-backs defense and snag an extra 90 feet.
The stolen bases from Bader and Yadi were great, too. It was just a fundamentally perfect game at the plate and on the bases.
Edman and Goldy would drive in the final three runs in the 6th. Edman’s second single to CF would drive in Haaaaarry, Goldy’s first pitch, two-run, single would score Yadi and Edman to extend the Cards lead to 8-0.
Brendan Donovan would pick up his 1st career major league hit in the 8th, hitting a single into RF off the LHP, Holton, who was making his major league debut.
Things got dicey in the top of the 9th, so we’re just not gonna talk about it and enjoy the 8-3 winner.
Uncle Charlie (2-2, 3.86) takes the mound tomorrow night, matching up with another veteran, the lefty, Mad Bum (0-1, 1.00). Friday night baseball, Waino vs Bumgarner, can’t get any better than that. See you all then.