Change on 2009: -5
Hinch/Gibson W%: .392/.406
Seriously, while recappin' dis bitch, I had to take off my Sean Taylor jersey because He would be embarrassed. There were absolutely NO GOOD HITS BY THE D'BACKS IN THIS GAME. (RIP Sean Taylor) Anyway, what was I saying? Oh, wait, yeah. Baseball. Ian Kennedy
Seriously, while recappin' dis bitch, I had to take off my Sean Taylor jersey because He would be embarrassed. There were absolutely NO GOOD HITS BY THE D'BACKS IN THIS GAME. (RIP Sean Taylor)
Anyway, what was I saying? Oh, wait, yeah. Baseball. Ian Kennedy
IPK pitched 6 innings, struck out 6, yielded 0 runs, and allowed 2 hits and 3 walks, yet, naturally, didn't get the win. Details after the jump.
Well, once again, our pitchers didn't exactly fail, per se. IPK certainly represented our rotation well, but, in just ANOTHER example of why you can't take pitcher W/L records on-face, 6 innings of shutout ball was good enough for... a no-decision, thanks to our lovely bullpen and our offense(or lack thereof).
Ian Kennedy's first was the worst, his second was the best, and his third was the one with the treasure chest. And by that, I mean his first inning, he somehow walked 3 batters and gave up a single SOMEHOW without giving up a run. That's right. IPK gave up 4 of his 5 baserunners in the first inning BUT WORKED AROUND THEM. After Stephen Drew singled to lead off the game, Chris Young grounded into a rare (for him, but not for the team) double play, and after Kelly Johnson walked, Adam LaRoche struck out to end the threat. Ian Kennedy was like "oh, SNAP, guys! Imma totally punk you all!!" After walking Eric Young Jr. (who should really just be a Rockies legacy and we should discount his individual achievements), IPK struck out Dexter Fowler, and Miguel Montero threw out EYJr stealing 2nd during Carlos Gonzalez's at bat. CarGon (excuse me while I sob a bit... freaking Danny Haren) drew a walk, the 1st of 4 plate appearances wherein he got on, and the resurrected body of Todd Helton also drew a walk, but IPK was able to get Melvin Mora grounding out to end the inning. While we're talking about it, is it just me, or is the NL West a Baltimore Orioles circa mid-2000s redux? Rodrigo Lopez, Aubrey Huff, Miguel Tejada and Melvin Mora all playing on different teams?
Anyway, IPK was all "BOOM. Bitches!!" and decided to go set down another 14 in a row, including two flyouts and a strikeout during inning #2, and a popout, flyout, groundout in the third. BABIP FTW. In the top of the 3rd, the Dbacks were able to grab a lead, on an IPK single (he had 3 hits on the day, tied for the most with Droo, and boosting his avg to .208) followed by CY reaching on an ugly error, LaRoche with a sac fly, and then Miguel Montero with a clutch double. Good guys 2, Bad guys 0.
By the 7th, the score remained the same, and IPK may or may not have tweaked a calf. Kirk Gibson, however, was all, "this win is too close for missles, switching to guns." And, of course, our gunslingers were all blown up by missles. Number Nineteeeeeeeen aka Ryan Spilborghs, feeling safe at home, despite edbigghead's knowledge of the address of his abode, whacked a tying double against Blaine Boyer, driving in Todd Helton and Miguel Olivo, both of whom had walked. After a Troy-Tulowitzki-triple-esque EYJr "single" off the glove of Kelly Johnson, Boyer struck out Fowler to end it.
Top of the 7th, nothing much to note except that Mark Reynolds was called out on strikes to end the inning and then inexplicably ejected. Seriously. Dude threw down his helmet after gripping his thumb, painfully, and was 90% back to the dugout when, for whatever reason, the home plate ump ejected him 20 minutes after he'd struck out. Mark was all, "dude, wtf mate?" but nothing came of it, despite Kirk Gibson's fiery arguing. (His arguing actually wasn't all that fiery. He didn't even get ejected)
Top of the 8th, Brandon Allen walked and was bunted over by Gerardo Parra in an at-bat in which he wasn't totally useless, but Tony Abreu's K and Droo's groundout killed the "rally". A CarGon single and IBB to Todd Helton resulted in nothing, as Aaron Heilman kept the score tied. A 1-2-3 top of the 9th included 2 Dbacks Ks, but in the 9th, against Conor Jackson... errr, Sam Demel, (sorry, that gratuitous CoJack reference was for Ella) Jonathan Herrera (who??) reached on a KJ error and a certain Juicer, Jason Giambi, destroyed a Demel slider for a walkoff homer.
Badass of the Day: Ian Kennedy, +38.9% Also Mavericky: Aaron Heilman, +20.8%; Miguel Montero, +15.1% Boarding the Bus to Reno: Sam Demel, -34.5% Should Have Stayed In Bed: Blaine Boyer, -34.4%; Mark Reynolds, -12.0%; Adam LaRoche, -11.0%; Kelly Johnson, -10.3%
Badass of the Day: Ian Kennedy, +38.9%
Also Mavericky: Aaron Heilman, +20.8%; Miguel Montero, +15.1%
Boarding the Bus to Reno: Sam Demel, -34.5%
Should Have Stayed In Bed: Blaine Boyer, -34.4%; Mark Reynolds, -12.0%; Adam LaRoche, -11.0%; Kelly Johnson, -10.3%
Seriously, for this FanGraph, I just googled "steaming pile of shit" and just chose the first image that popped up. Boyer barely missed the bus to Reno, and among the hitters, Mark should probably get a pass based on the fact that his thumb is about to freaking fall off.
Seriously, for this FanGraph, I just googled "steaming pile of shit" and just chose the first image that popped up. Boyer barely missed the bus to Reno, and among the hitters, Mark should probably get a pass based on the fact that his thumb is about to freaking fall off.Another sparsely-attended Gameday Thread for another loss in a lost season during another day during football season. With 351 posts total, I led the count with 77 posts, with NASCARbernet 2nd at 62, barely pipping hotclaws with 61. Nobody else had more than 43. Posters included me, NASCARbernet, justin1985, emilylovesthedbacks, xmet, Rockkstarr12, hotclaws, Clefo, Jim McLennan, snakecharmer, Wailord, unnamedDBacksfan, diamondintherough, and Wimb.
Anyway, I'm gonna go put my Sean Taylor jersey on again in preparation for the Redskins losing to the freaking Cowboys. I'm supposed to attend a party hosted by a Cowboys fan. But, hey, at least the Dodgers lost.
/resorting to 2008 version of "optimism"
/totally depressed and needs a friend right now
/wait, nevermind, just shot self in the face
[Edit: TOTALLY forgot COTD. This goes to NASCARbernet's comment on adding a humidor.]