It didn't take long for this year's Arizona Diamondbacks squad to falter. Opening Day's exciting win over the St. Louis Cardinals may have been fun and all, but it seemed a distant memory as the D-backs' were crushed by the redbirds of the Midwest last night in a 6-1 loss during the second game of the season.
It was a complete reversal of fortune from Opening Day where it was St. Louis' turn to shell Arizona with run after run and hit after hit while the Snakes' bats stayed mostly silent and their pitching staff pulled a major fail.
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D-backs Trevor Cahill proved very competent through the first five frames, firing off first strike fastballs and fanning seven batters while scattering three hits and earning a lone run in the fourth inning. The sixth inning, however, is when things started falling apart.
Cahill beaned Jon Jay with a four-seam fastball before giving up a two-run homer to Matt Holiday to make things 3-1 in favor of the Cardinals. For his next trick, the Arizona starting pitcher allowed a Carlos Beltran single and a Yadier Molina walk before surrendering the mound.
Reliever Heath Bell proved to be a total disaster as his first pitch ever as a Diamondback became a 440-foot Pete Kozma homer. Then he walked Shane Robinson before giving up a two-run homer to Jay. Derp. Josh Collmenter got Arizona out of the inning with no further damage and carried the team through the eighth before Matt Reynolds closed things out.
Miguel Montero provided the D-backs' smattering of offense during the game as he walloped an 88-mph cutter from St. Louis' Jaime Garcia to start the second inning and later swatted a single in the fourth. Other than that, it was nothing by fly outs and ground outs Arizona, save for a Gerardo Parra single in the bottom of the seventh.
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It wasn't for a lack of opportunities, however, as Garcia practically served up a chance for a comeback in the sixth frame when he loaded the bases by walking Paul Goldschmidt, Montero, and Alfredo Marte (who made his debut in a D-backs' uniform last night) with two outs recorded. Cardinals' reliever Edward Mujica came in from the bullpen and snuffed things out quickly and struck out Jason Kubel looking.
The rubber game in the series takes place tonight at Chase Field as Arizona sends off-season acquisition Brandon McCarthy to the mound to face St. Louis started Lance Lynn. First pitch is at 6:40 p.m.