Friday, June 24, 2005


Watching the Diamondbacks face Kirk Rueter in their 7-2 victory over the Giants Thursday night was like that old Monty Python sketch...

A prisoner is escorted out of his prison cell, followed by a large firing squad. The commandant (and camera) stays inside the prison. The sound of many shots are heard. Just as quickly as the prisoner and guards were escorted out of the prison, the guards and prisoner are escorted back into the prison. The commandant yells at his troops, "HOW COULD YOU MISS?"

How in the world did the D-Backs only manage 3 runs off Rueter? The man struggled from the first pitch onward. And that was a lot of pitches -- 116 over 6 2/3 innings. The Diamondbacks could've easily scored twice as many and it wouldn't have been a surprise -- Rueter even had something like an 8-pitch duel with Brandon Webb -- and Webb hasn't had a hit all year. It wasn't until the 8th inning, when they scored 3 runs off of Christiansen, that the Diamondbacks put the game away.

At least it was fun to watch Brandon Webb mow through the lineup -- I was just afraid the effort would go to waste. No walks for the game. Webb, according to BP's VORP, is ranked 11th in the National League and isn't that far behind Jake Peavy for the best pitcher in the National League West. He's having a great season, and might have an outside shot at the All-Star Game. (Really, aside from Luis Gonzalez and Troy Glaus, who are having solid but not spectacular seasons, and Craig Counsell and Tony Clark, who are having solid yet fluky seasons, whom would you pick from the Diamondbacks?)


In Rotation - June 24, '05
The Rapture - Echoes
Golden Smog - Weird Tales
Emmylou Harris - Wrecking Ball
Alison Krauss & Union Station - So Long So Wrong


Have a good weekend and Go Diamondbacks!

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