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Diamondbacks lose to Astros in 1-0 Pitching Duel, but Clinch Postseason Birth.

The Diamondbacks could not get anything going against Justin Verlander and company, losing 1-0. A Jose Abreu RBI double in the 4th was all the Astros needed to pull off the win. However, due to the Reds losing big to the Cardinals, the Diamondbacks are headed back to the postseason after a 6-year hiatus. 

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Justin Verlander was dominant tonight, tossing 5, two hit innings and five strikeouts. The DIamondbacks’ only threat was in the second when Verlander walked Lourdes Gurriel and Gabriel Moreno back to back with two outs. 

The Astros bullpen was just as dominant, only allowing three hits in the other four innings. Kendall Gravemen was the only reliever who ran into trouble when he allowed two singles and a walk in the 7th, but he got out of it by getting Tommy Pham to ground out. 

As for Merrill Kelly, the Diamondbacks starter, he was also almost flawless. Besides that RBI double in the 4th, Kelly only allowed 4 other hits and struck out five in seven innings. The Diamondbacks bullpen only allowed one hit in 2 innings, but the offense let them down. The top five hitters for the D’backs went 1-17 with six strikeouts and were 0-5 with runners in scoring position. 

What Does This Mean?

This one didn’t matter much for the D’backs because St. Louis beat Cincinnati 11-6. That result clinched a postseason birth for the Diamondbacks, who haven’t been there since 2017. They still don’t know who they will play, but tomorrow’s final games will tell them if they are headed to Philly or Milwaukee. If they win and Miami loses, they will head to Philadelphia, but if they lose or Miami wins, they will head north to Wisconsin. 

However, tonight, the Diamondbacks get to celebrate.

Arizona Diamondbacks Clinch Wild Card Spot with Reds Loss

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