Wuertz walks the leadoff man and allows a run, but stops the bleeding after that. The Cubs get a run back in the fourth, and the game remains within reach for Chicago.
"I felt fine going out there, mentally good, physically great. It was location of the pitches. I got hit around, I didn't execute the way I wanted to execute, and that's that."
Leaving in Livan
Two men on, two out, top of the fifth inning. Pitcher Livan Hernandez's spot in the batting order comes up.
The decision: Melvin stays with Hernandez, rather than pinch-hitting, despite the fact that the right-hander has not been particularly sharp.
Hernandez strikes out, and the Diamondbacks miss yet another chance to drive in runners from scoring position. The right-hander endures an extremely adventuresome next half-inning on the mound, but escapes with a zero. Hernandez locks down after that, pitching a 1-2-3 sixth.
"This time of the season, it can be a little bit more difficult to be patient at times, but up until a certain point in the game, unless we really look like his stuff just isn't there, we don't have better. He's done it so many times. He's been in this type of situation before and had an outstanding effort."
Letting the kid hit
The first two runners reach base for the Diamondbacks in the fourth inning, and the Cubs go to Wuertz to face Chris Young.
The decision: While bunting was an option, Melvin chose to let his young leadoff man hit.
Young fell behind, 0-2, before working a walk. Two batters later, Eric Byrnes' groundout scored a run. Had Arizona bunted, Byrnes' play would have been the third out.
"To watch Chris Young's walk after [being down in the count] 0-2, slider, slider, slider that he'd been struggling with, that was a pretty courageous at-bat right there. You can see it's almost day-to-day, you see some of these guys get experience and grow and mature as players in a short period of time."