No D-Back Magic on Alumni Night
PHOENIX, AZ – The first ever Alumni night, a night where members of the Arizona Diamondbacks’ magical 2001 World Series championship team were in the house at Chase Field. They may have brought a little of their magic with them…but just maybe not enough to share. Especially on a night when the D-Backs were in dire need of a big win against their Bay Area foes, the San Francisco Giants, to keep their head above water in the race for the 2nd and final Wild Card spot.
In a match of lefty versus lefty, rookie all star Wade Miley took the mound for Arizona against veteran slinger Barry Zito for the Giants.
The night started off on a bad foot for Miley as Giants’ outfielder Angel Pagan took him deep into left field in the very first at bat of the night. A misplay by rookie center fielder Adam Eaton allowed Pagan to turn a double into a triple, and he eventually scored a run on a Marco Scutaro ground out. This was a big accomplishment for Angel Pagan as this was his 13th triple of the season, moving him past All-Time great Willie Mays and Diamondbacks’ great Steve Finley for the most triples in a season in Giants’ team history.
“It is just amazing to be included in the same conversation as great player like Mays,” Pagan later stated. “I am honored.”
Miley settled in and recovered, allowing no more runs in the inning. However, he then got into trouble again in the 3rd when Giant’s amassed a couple of singles from Scuatro and Buster Posey, but he was able to pitch out of the jam.
Barry Zito, who is a big contributing factor to the team’s success this season as well as being a part time owner of the Diamondbacks with his dominance over the Snakes, allowed Arizona to comeback in the 4th and tie the game when Justin Upton hit his 14th dinger of the season.
The game remained tied until Wade Miley’s only other mistake occurred in the 6th when, with Scutaro on first, Buster Posey sent a mid-plate fastball out to the bleachers for his 22nd home run of the season. The Diamondbacks fell behind 3-1.
“I struggled with location early in the game,” stated Miley after the game. “I battled through that, made some better pitches later on.” In regards to the Posey home run, Miley confessed it was a sinker away that didn’t sink. “I made a bad pitch to Posey and he caplitalized on it when I through a fastball in the middle. He’s a pretty good hitter and he doesn’t miss, especially with that pitch.”
The Diamondbacks hung on and kept themselves in the game. In the 8th inning, Arizona had one of their best scoring chances of the game, which were few and far between in this affair. Paul Goldschmidt drove in Aaron Hill for the team’s 2nd run with a single, but the Diamondbacks couldn’t borrow any of the magic from the Alumni members on this night to muster up a comeback.The D-Backs fall to the Giants by a count of 3-2.
Zito gets the win and moves to 12-8 on the season. He lasted 6 2/3 IP, allowing 6 hits and only 1 earned run on the Upton home run. Miley drops to 15-10 on the season, going 7 innings and giving up 3 earned runs on 8 hits. Both Miley and Zito struck out 4 batters each.
“They’ve hit impactful home runs in both of the games,” commented Gibson during his post game conference. “They’re shutting us down. Zito, it’s the fourth time they’ve won when he’s pitched against us. You would like to think you can make an adjustment and beat him tonight.” Arizona will try to avoid the sweep on Sunday behind staring rookie pitcher Patrick Corbin.
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