Diamondbacks 1, Giants 3: Baseball Disappointment 101

Record: 64-94. Pace: 66-96. Change on 2009: -4.

"The offense sputtered," Ian Kennedy muttered. Although Kennedy was a little less impressive than he had been in his previous four starts, he still pitched well and allowed only five hits through five innings. Pat Burrell delivered the only San Francisco punch with a three-run home run and that was enough for Timmeh Lincecum and the Giants to walk away with another victory. The D-backs were given a surplus of opportunities to regain the lead, but could not succeed. Despite having a runner reach base in every inning, and men in scoring position in four of those innings, the D-backs stranded eleven and scored only once.

A gruesome inning by inning recap after the jump. One for the people and by the people...

Ian Kennedy caps off his hugely impressive year with a 3.80 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 168 Ks, and a BAA of .226. This just barely beats out the ZiPS projection for Kennedy listed way back in January. Back then, he was given a projected line of:

5.00 ERA / 16 GS / 81.0 IP / 65 K

Hats off to Kennedy for what can easily be called a remarkable year. Unfortunately, the offense couldn't help pick him up yet again and the D-backs spiraled away as the game progressed. Despite the bullpen throwing three perfect frames, Arizona couldn't climb out of the hole. Details along with inning by inning coverage by the members of the GDT!

1st inning:

 

2nd inning:

Runners

on the corners, 2 outs on a tough play for Fot or Not.

That's the one thing that trumps religion...capitalism.

by soco on Sep 29, 2010 7:45 PM MST reply actions  

 

but fail

Hey, Vasquez,have you ever been mistaken for a man ?
No, have you?

by hotclaws on Sep 29, 2010 7:48 PM MST up reply actions  

Whew

that baseball managed to stay in, somehow.

That's the one thing that trumps religion...capitalism.

by soco on Sep 29, 2010 7:51 PM MST reply actions  

Again, the D-backs put pressure on Lincecum. After Gerardo "RBI MACHINE" Parra singled, Kennedy put down his first sacrifice of the game to quickly send him to second. Stephen Drew then hit a drive up the middle which initially looked like a potential RBI. The ball died a bit as it headed toward the outfield though, and Mike Fontenot was able to knock it down and make sure Parra stayed at third base. Tony Abreu then grounded out to end the inning. Missed opportunities was the name of the game. Three hits and two walks off of Lincecum and only the one home run to show for it. Four men were already left on base. In the bottom of the frame, Pat Burrell nearly misses a home run, which is an eerie foreshadowing.



3rd inning:


This game

feels like it’s going forever.

That's the one thing that trumps religion...capitalism.

by soco on Sep 29, 2010 8:10 PM MST reply actions  


Chris Young started another rally with a hit OFF of Lincecum. The line drive just skimmed off of Timmeh's glove and made it through the infield. However, the D-backs managed to strike out another three times and stranded another base runner. Meanwhile, Kennedy goes toe-to-toe with a 1-2-3 of his own and two strike outs.



4th inning:

Kennedy

Helping himself with another bunt of a runner into scoring position. Can two-for-two Drew bring him home?

"It's not the despair, Laura. I can take the despair. It's the hope I can't stand." -- Brian Stimpson

by Jim McLennan on Sep 29, 2010 8:22 PM MST reply actions  

No

no he cannot.

That's the one thing that trumps religion...capitalism.

by soco on Sep 29, 2010 8:23 PM MST up reply actions  

Boo

3 run homer.

That's the one thing that trumps religion...capitalism.

by soco on Sep 29, 2010 8:30 PM MST reply actions  

 

 

fffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff

Hey, Vasquez,have you ever been mistaken for a man ?
No, have you?

by hotclaws on Sep 29, 2010 8:30 PM MST reply actions  

 

 


Things finally got cooking in the fourth inning. For San Francisco, that is. Despite another runner reaching scoring position (on another sac bunt by Kennedy), the D-backs failed to score once again, leaving them with six left on base after only four innings. The Giants wasted no time jumping on Kennedy in the bottom of the frame as the first two batters reached base. Pat Burrell then knocked in the only three runs on the day for San Francisco. 3-1 Giants lead.



5th inning:

Oooh.

I just opened my fridge and realized that I had 3 different previously-opened jars of salsa.

Awwwwwkwarrrrrrd!

Mr. Science Boy

by DbacksSkins on Sep 29, 2010 8:39 PM MST reply actions  

 

Man

They all were talking to each other and everything, and all of them know all those sobbing secrets you told em

Bad doormat! No stock options!

by Clefo on Sep 29, 2010 8:39 PM MST up reply actions  

EXACTLY!

I was like, "wait… you guys talk? you KNOW each other??"

Mr. Science Boy

by DbacksSkins on Sep 29, 2010 8:40 PM MST up reply actions  

 

Seriously,

everytime I see Timmay and hs ****ing hair, I despise him a little more.

Mr. Science Boy

by DbacksSkins on Sep 29, 2010 8:42 PM MST reply actions   1 recs


After two quick strikeouts by Lincecum, CY gets another walk. Adam LaRoche then promptly flies out - seven left on base. Kennedy shows signs of fatigue as a couple of long flyballs give us a bit of a scare but no further damage other than a single. Comments were... sparse.


6th inning:

Woo-hoo!

10 K’s for the seventieth time this season!

Next most by a team in a single year is only 56 (those 2001 Brewers).

"It's not the despair, Laura. I can take the despair. It's the hope I can't stand." -- Brian Stimpson

by Jim McLennan on Sep 29, 2010 9:02 PM MST reply actions  

Arizona owns three of the top eight seasons all-time

1: 2010 (70 times)
=3: 2009 (55)
8.. 2008 (50)

"It's not the despair, Laura. I can take the despair. It's the hope I can't stand." -- Brian Stimpson

by Jim McLennan on Sep 29, 2010 9:04 PM MST up reply actions  

 

DJ CARRASCO

SPINNIN’ SOME PHAT K TUNES, YO

Mr. Science Boy

by DbacksSkins on Sep 29, 2010 9:06 PM MST reply actions  

 

Gerardo Parra gets a single but it's merely another opportunity to strand another baserunner - and they do, lifting the number to eight for the evening. Not to mention, it marked the seventieth time this season that the D-backs struck out for 10+ times in a game. Jim was kind enough to provide us with some of the details. Meanwhile, D.J. Carrasco comes in and demolishes the bottom of the frame - 1-2-3.

7th inning:

This is another game

That has pretty much gone downhill from the first at-bat…

"It's not the despair, Laura. I can take the despair. It's the hope I can't stand." -- Brian Stimpson

by Jim McLennan on Sep 29, 2010 9:15 PM MST reply actions  

So

is it hockey season yet?

That's the one thing that trumps religion...capitalism.

by soco on Sep 29, 2010 9:15 PM MST reply actions  

 


Another baserunner via a Kelly Johnson walk but it just turns into the ninth stranded runner. In a moment straight out of Hollywood, Lincecum stayed in the game after a brief meeting on the mound. With CY at the plate, who had been perfect up to that point, Timmeh seemed destined to finish him. As the crowd cheered on, Lincecum recorded his 11th and final strikeout. D.J. Carrasco continued to domination into the bottom of the frame with another 1-2-3.



8th inning:

wow

Lopez mowing us down!

Ryals PH for Allen

13K’s tonight

Anyone who attempts to generate random numbers by deterministic means is, of course, living in a state of sin.

by unnamedDBacksfan on Sep 29, 2010 9:25 PM MST reply actions  

OMG!

Mike Hampton in "more than one batter" shocker!

"It's not the despair, Laura. I can take the despair. It's the hope I can't stand." -- Brian Stimpson

by Jim McLennan on Sep 29, 2010 9:34 PM MST reply actions  

 

D-back bullpen

3 IP with zero walks and zero hits.

Wear your own fur.

by Sprankton on Sep 29, 2010 9:37 PM MST reply actions  


Linecum is out and Javier Lopez is in but the strike outs continue. Lopez records two more to bring the tally to 13. Rusty Ryal managed to sneak in a pinch hit but quickly becomes the nine stranded runner of the game. Mike Hampton comes in for the bottom of the frame to record his one two outs. He's lifted for Demel who gets the final strikeout and helps maintain perfection for the D-backs bullpen.

9th inning:

I'm pretty sure

Brian Wilson is actually the strongman accomplice of a melodrama villain.

"Expelliarmus!" said Eckstein, attempting to knock the bat out of Matt Kemp's hands, just before Kemp laced a single to center.

by kishi on Sep 29, 2010 9:39 PM MST reply actions  

 

Augie in to PH

to start the 9th

Anyone who attempts to generate random numbers by deterministic means is, of course, living in a state of sin.

by unnamedDBacksfan on Sep 29, 2010 9:39 PM MST reply actions  

Go Augie :)

"In the book of life, the answers aren't in the back." ~Charles M Schulz

by Rockkstarr12 on Sep 29, 2010 9:41 PM MST up reply actions  

And he did

lead off double.

That's the one thing that trumps religion...capitalism.

by soco on Sep 29, 2010 9:41 PM MST up reply actions  

 

(After a few "go [player]" comments it came down to this...)

 

Help us CY

You are our only hope

Anyone who attempts to generate random numbers by deterministic means is, of course, living in a state of sin.

by unnamedDBacksfan on Sep 29, 2010 9:49 PM MST reply actions  

 

Damn

And we lose again.

"Expelliarmus!" said Eckstein, attempting to knock the bat out of Matt Kemp's hands, just before Kemp laced a single to center.

by kishi on Sep 29, 2010 9:49 PM MST reply actions  

 

 

The ninth started with a bang as Augie Ojeda smacked a double to right field. After moving to third on a Stephen Drew groundout, Mark Reynolds pinch hit and drew a walk to represent the tying run. Kelly Johnson and Chris Young then capped off the game with a strike out and ground out - eleven runners left on base.

The fangraph is what you would expect it to be...

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[Click to enlarge, at fangraphs.com]
Our Savior: Augie Ojeda, 8%
Savior Jr.: Mark Reynolds, 7.8%
The baseball equivalent of [insert bad thing]: Ian Kennedy, -16.5%


 

A decent GDT with over 700 comments among a crew of 17. Here's how it unfolded:

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Barry Enright (6-6, 3.73 ERA) faces Madison Bumgarner (6-6, 3.06 ERA) for a matinee matchup. Enright returned to form in his last outing and looks to bring that momentum to San Francisco while Bumgarner threw seven shutout innings against Chicago. Expect another duel!



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