I'm thinking we should sum up all the ridiculous ways the D'backs have lost this year and make it a story for the offseason. Cos this is ridiculous.
by soco on Jun 28, 2010 7:59 PM MST
That was a post on last night's Gameday Thread, after two errors led to three unearned runs for the Cardinals, a blown two-run, ninth-inning lead for the Diamondbacks, and another embarrassing defeat. However, before I could get round to compiling a list to back up soco's suggestion, Nick Piecoro beat me to the punch, with a deeply-depressing compilation - completed with animated GIFs! - of seven dismal losses. After the jump, I'll go over these nominations, all of which are ones which will potentially cause me to wake up screaming for some time to come. And, hey, we aren't even at the half-way stage yet!
After the jump you will find Piecoro's seven nominees, and brief highlights of what we thought of them at the time. The links for each go to the appropriate recap, opening in a new window for your nostalgic viewing pleasure.
- April 15, Dodgers 6, Diamondbacks 5: "I think losses like this are probably more painful than the blowouts. Because if last night was a game we probably shouldn't have won, this was one we certainly should have."
- April 16, Padres 6, Diamondbacks 3: "Some problems cannot be resolved without C4, and this may be one of them... While this game did have some up sides, it will be difficult to see them through the clouds of steam coming from the starting pitchers' ears."
- April 21, Cardinals 9, Diamondbacks 4: I just have to go with the headline on this one. "Carpenter Nailed, Gets Cross, Rises From Dead. Apocalypse Follows." It was also the contest in which a certain someone eel-bombed our own Gameday Thread.
- May 14, Braves 6, Diamondbacks 5: "Unbelievable, unsurprising, and uninspiring are the words of the night. When Juan Gutierrez gave up a game-tying home run in the 7th inning, all Daron Sutton could say was "unbelievable." When Chad Qualls walked off the mound after giving up the game-winning run, that's what he was seen mouthing. And yet nobody can possibly be surprised..."
- May 31, Dodgers 5, Diamondbacks 4: "In my last recap, I wondered how low this team could go. I didn't think that things could get much worse than that 12-1 drubbing at the hands of the Giants. But they have. A two-run error blew the Diamondbacks' lead in the eighth innings, and then a walk-off balk.. "
- June 23, Yankees 6, Diamondbacks 5: "What happened instead was equal parts dramatic and awful. Timely hitting in some spots, and failure in others. Good bullpen work some innings, and crippling blows in others. Follow me after the jump, and I'll tell you a story: The Adventure of Lord Dontrelle, and The Team That Rallied Behind Him But Wasn't Good Enough Anyway."
- June 28, Cardinals 6, Diamondbacks 5: "I have to say, this one did have the air of inevitability. I don't think I genuinely thought "We're going to win!" at any point during the game. It was more a case of "I wonder how we're going to blow this one?" and I'd like to thank the team for, at least, providing something new in that area."
Which was the worst loss of the year?
April 15: Drew lobs it into the dugout (15 votes)
April 16: Padres score six in innings 7-9 (7 votes)
April 21: Five off Howry + Qualls in ninth (20 votes)
May 14: J-Gut + Qualls each blow saves (8 votes)
May 31: Vasquez's balk-off (58 votes)
June 23: Can't hit, can't pitch vs. NYY (7 votes)
June 28: Three unearned runs in ninth (56 votes)
171 total votes