Monday, July 19, 2004

Missed It By... Thaaaat Much 

There was a moment in Sunday's 10-3 D-Backs loss to the Dodgers when I thought it was going to be a little thing that led to the loss. On a 2-2 pitch to Izturis, with two outs and two on, Elmer Dessens put a pitch on the outside corner. Strike 3. Except the umpire disagreed, and since his opinion has more weight in the matter than mine, the count went to 3-2. On the next pitch Izturis, who is Babe Ruth when playing the Diamondbacks and Bob Uecker (OK, not that bad) when playing everyone else, hit a 3-run homerun. 4-1 Dodgers.

If only the pitch had been called Strike 3, I thought. We'd be right in this game.

But in the 3rd inning, it was clear that Elmer did not have much control. And by the 4th inning, well, it was Elmer's 2nd time through the lineup, so naturally the Dodgers shelled him again. If it had been called Strike 3 back in the 2nd inning, it would've only delayed the inevitable.

The D-Backs offense has at least been getting hits, 12 more again yesterday. Too bad they could only generate 3 runs out of it. The bullpen, well, Villafuerte pitched well in cleanup, Fetters -- meh, and Randolph walked somebody. Oh, and Cintron made a couple errors.

I've got more to say about the team in general, but I'll wait for "Three Weeks, Three Questions" later today.

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