Thursday, May 19, 2005

Perfection? Hardly. 

So how did the Diamondbacks choose to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Randy Johnson's perfect game?

By playing an entirely different game.

OK, they won, beating the Astros 7-6, but aside from that there was little similarity between last year's team and this year's.

To begin with, Russ Ortiz looked shaky, giving up 9 hits and 3 walks (with no strikeouts) in 5 1/3 innings. A very un-Randy-like performance.

Then, the middle relief was, er, solid. Cormier didn't pitch great, but Valverde pitched a good 8th inning. We didn't see much good relief last year.

And the offense? Well, they made their 14 hits count, led by Troy Glaus who had 3 hits, including a 2-run homerun and a double. I think there series last year where the team got 14 hits.

Even Brian Bruney's wild 9th inning didn't get duplicated that often last year once Greg Aquino settled into the closer's spot.

The 9th inning saw Bruney get the first two outs, give up a homerun, then put two more runners on while facing Mike Lamb. So Bob Melvin walks to the mound...

Before Melvin could open his mouth Bruney said, "I got this guy."

"You got him?" Melvin asked. "You sure?"

"Yes," Bruney said.

And then Bruney walked Lamb.

Sure Bruney got the next guy out for the save, but that, my friends, is what we have to look forward to for the next week at least as we receive news that Brandon Lyon's been put on the 15-day DL retroactive to last Thursday. It would be very funny, but only if you're not a Diamondbacks fan.

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