Postgame Recap (8/11/17) – D-backs 3, Cubs 8: Buckle Up, This is Starting to Get Bumpy (Video)

If the ride is starting to feel a little rough, it’s not just you, I promise. The Diamondbacks had another bad 1st inning last night, this time against the Cubs, and once again things only got worse. Taijuan Walker threw 33 pitches in the inning and two runs scored on a bases loaded walk and passed ball. The D-backs were down 2-0.

The Cubs tacked on another run in the top of the 2nd inning to take a 3-0 lead. The D-backs had scoring chances, with runners on first and second in each of the first two innings, but couldn’t get that next hit.

In the bottom of the 5th inning the D-backs finally broke through. After Chris Herrmann singled, David Peralta pounded a John Lackey fastball. It was Peralta’s 11th home run on the year and it moved the Snakes with one run.

 

The Cubs would strike back immediately in the top of the 6th inning. Walker gave up back-to-back homers to open the inning up, to Kyle Schwarber and Alex Avila, ending his night. Jorge De La Rosa came on in relief.

In the bottom of the inning, Paul Goldschmidt came up to bat with one out. He lashed an opposite field home run but the D-backs were still down 5-3.

 

In the top of the 8th inning T.J. McFarland entered the game for the D-backs. He gave up a leadoff single before getting the first two outs. Javier Baez would score from first base on a broken bat single by the Cubs Ian Happ, who advanced to second base on the throw home. Happ would score on a Jon Jay single to make the score 8-3.

Stats that matter

  • Taijuan Walker had his worst outing in a while – 5 IP, 5 R, 5 H, 3 BB, 2 K, 2 HR
  • David Peralta had a good game – 1-for-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, HR
  • Chris Herrman broke a 14-game hitless streak – 2-for-2, 1 R

Bottom line

The D-backs have given up runs in the first inning for the second straight game. Once again, sloppy plays contributed to the breakdown. Walks, passed balls, misplays and errors have to be avoided if the D-backs are going to get this season back on track. They now have a 4 1/2 game lead over the surging St. Louis Cardinals in the Wild Card race.

On deck

The Cubs and the Diamondbacks play game two of their series on Saturday night at 5:10 pm MT. Patrick Corbin is on the hill for the D-backs trying to stop the three-game losing streak.

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Jon is the editor and lead writer at Dbacks Insider. He is a life-long, passionate baseball fan who grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, playing stickball and watching baseball at the College World Series. He aims to bring you the most up-to-date and relevant Dbacks news and commentary every day.

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