Sunday, July 18, 2004

If At First You Don't Fail... 

try, try again...

So now it's not good enough that the D-Backs' bullpen blows leads. Now
they're doing it twice per game. In the D-Backs' 7-6 loss to the Dodgers
Saturday night, Mike Koplove gave up one run in the top of the 8th to let
the Dodgers tie the game at 4-4. Then, after the D-Backs came back and
scored 2 in the bottom of the 8th to make it a 6-4 lead, Koplove (who also
hit Dodgers hitters twice) gave up two more runners as he and Brian Bruney
combined to blow the lead again and make it 7-6 Dodgers.

Blow the lead once, shame on you. Blow it twice, shame on me.

The poort bullpen performance wasted a 14-hit offensive outburst as the top
5 in the lineup each had two hits. It also wasted a decent pitching
performance by Casey Fossum.

And now tonight it's Elmer against Jose Lima, who's had the D-Backs' number
this year. Sweep. Sigh...

** In the Angels trade news, Verified department, the Republic reported that
Arte Moreno told the L.A. Times that he would be willing to trade some major
leaguers for Randy Johnson.
** In the Angels trade news, Rumor department, Scott Wetzel reported on the
radio that the Angels and D-Backs have decided not to pull the trigger on a
Ramon Ortiz - Shea Hillenbrand trade. Maybe this was reported in an actual
newspaper, but I haven't seen it.

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