Thursday, July 01, 2004

Finally (D-Backs 8, Pades 5) 

Oh, so that's what it's like to win a ballgame. Sorry, I'd nearly forgotten.

Now, I would prefer not to win like that. It can't be common for a team to give up 4 errors -- 4! -- and win a ballgame, especially when the D-Backs were outhit, 11-10. But when was the last time the D-Backs drew 6 walks? (I'm looking forward to reading Robert's Veteran Presence on Shea's walk.)

The D-Backs nearly gave it away in the 5th inning when they gave up two errors, three runs, two walks and Brandon Webb almost self-destructed. You could see the wheels coming off -- Alomar coming in to try to cool Webb off, then Brenly. Luckily, a nifty 3-6-1 double play got Webb out of the inning with only 3 runs.

Tim Olson, with 2 errors in a game he started to replace Cintron after his error essentially cost Johnson the win night before, did not, as they say, acquit himself well. (At least he drew two walks.) Paging Andy Green, paging Andy Green...

Danny Bautista went 2 for 4 with a walk. I was going to say that somebody should tell him those scouts in the stands are there to see Finley and Johnson, but think that discretion might be the better part of valor here -- his OPS over the past seven days is 1.251, with a healthy .462 BA.

And Q. What to make of Quentin McCracken? The "veteran," called up earlier in the day to replace Colbrunn, who's been placed on the 60-day DL, actually got lucky and stroked a 2-run homerun to put the game out of reach. Whoulda thunk it?

In other news, Shane Reynolds was put on the 15-day DL (ohhhhh, so that's why he got his tail whupped the other night.....) and Greg Aquino, who never got his pitching equivalent of a cup of coffee in his earlier stint with the D-Backs, gets called back.

This article makes it sound like Andrew Good got sent back to Tucson recently. "Andrew Good, recalled from Tucson to take over Reynolds' spot in the rotation, is scheduled to start Saturday against Minnesota." I don't recall Good going down recently -- can somebody clarify? In any case, he'll get a start, much to D-Back bloggers' relief everywhere.

I sometimes wonder if Joe, Jr. is like a stockbroker who gets a commission on every trade. The scary thing is, I wouldn't be entirely surprised if Good got sent down and was recalled in the same day.

I just wish all this obsessing over injuries and callups mattered more, rather than being swaps of replacement-level players at best. (Please note: this does not mean I'm looking for an injury to the outfield or Randy Johnson.) I guess this has out-year implications, so I'll try to obsess about that, then.

A long time ago:
Diamondbacks April 7: Placed pitcher Shane Reynolds on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 4, with a sore right shoulder; recalled pitcher Andrew Good from Tucson of the Pacific Coast League (AAA).

So Good was called up to replace Shane Reynolds in the rotation. Just not recently. :-)

Jim McLennan
But It's a DRY Heat...
We drew 6 walks on June 26th, 7 walks on June 4th and 6 on June 1st. Otherwise, its been a lot of 2 & 3 walk games in between.

Jim, thanks for the clarification. I figured that there was a kernel of truth in the sentence. I just didn't think it'd be so small.

Wow, Ryan, I'd've never guessed that there were other 6- and 7-walk games in the D-Back season.
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