Now that I decided to try sleeping in, I suppose I should hurry up and post something here before the earlier than usual first pitch in Philly.
Taylor Widener did yeoman’s work through five innings, allowing only two runs to score. The offense rewarded him one frame late by tying the game up in the sixth. Then the Arizona bullpen went to work. Matt Peacock coughed up a fresh lead to Philadelphia. Tyler Clippard was unable to hold a two-run lead in the tenth and Taylor Clarke was unable to escape the eleventh.
Christian Walker was having himself a very quiet night, once again demonstrating his inability to catch up to MLB fastballs. Then, with one on and one out in the ninth inning, Walker got out in front of a high fastball from former Diamondback starter Ian Kennedy, now pitching as a closer, and deposited it in the center field bleachers.
After Walker provided ninth inning heroics, Jake McCarthy, Nick Ahmed, and Ketel Marte combined to play sound ball, with Marte launching a pinch-hit blast deep into right center field to give the Diamondbacks a two-run lead in extras. Tyler Clippard proved unable to survive the Manfred Mann and blew the save in the bottom of the tenth.
Cabrera will get to finish the 2021 season playing for a playoff contender. Meanwhile, the Diamondbacks will get to have a look at Jake McCarthy in center.
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