Record: 32-34. Pace: 79-83. Change on 2011: -4. Change on 2010: +6
LAA stuck it to us good tonight.
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|WP: Garrett Richards (2 - 0)
SV: Ernesto Frieri (7)
LP: Ian Kennedy (5 - 7)
It all started quite promisingly, Kubel singled but honestly,that turned out to be the best at bat aLL night,and no-one could get him home.OK,next inning we think and Kennedy sent the side down efficiently with 7 pitches. Hope abounded everywhere.
The second once again looked hopeful, with Goldschmidt hit by a pitch to get on. CY gave the ball a ride but it was caught, and Hill popped up. Then, while Parra was earning a walk,Goldy stole 2nd, putting two for a big scoring opportunity. But Bell was batting next, and even all our combined prayers for him to do something productive came to naught. Kennedy got 3 quick outs so we were still hopeful.
Though JUp got on base with a broken bat squib in the next, once again,the D-backs failed to score. As did the Angels, though they looked more likely to: Aybar bunted to get on first, Conger moved him to second, and Bourjois was hit by a pitch. Fortunately, neither Trout nor Callaspo could get anyone home.
Top of the 4th, and the Dbacks could get nothing going even though CY heroically held back a swing to get a walk. Are we seeing a pattern here? Pujols punished our lack of production with a home run and that pretty much felt like game over. Morales was given first base after a dubious call but IPK limited the damage to just the one run,
Any glimmer of hope was quashed by Pujols who made an outstanding double play to get Bell out after Parra had walked. And that was probably the game changer there: Kennedy got three easy outs but it seemed the Dbacks just could not score or even catch a lucky break.
Same old,same old for us in the 7th but could we just keep it to one run? Well, no - we couldn't.Aybar got a ground rule double on a missed play by Upton. Luckily he got hung up on Congers bunt, Bourjos reached on a fielder's choice, then Trout did what he'd been threatening to do all series, and hit a solid double to get the run home.
Then the game just feebly trickled to a conclusion. Kennedy had a solid game frustrated by no run support .Garret Richards pitched outstandingly into the 8th, then Frieri finished us off.A very disappointing game all round.
[Click to enlarge, at fangraphs.com]
Father figure: Ian Kennedy, +4.2%
Father of lies: Josh Bell, -17.0%
Name of the father: Upton. -13.0%; Hill, -10.8%
Yes: the losing pitcher today had a better WPA than anyone on the offense. I think that accurately sums up the afternoon's work by our hitters. AzDbackfanInDc led the way, with onedotfive and $-The Moneyman-$ being the only others to crack 30 comments. However, also present were: PR151, hotclaws, 4 Corners Fan, Augdogs, dbacks79, shoewizard, Majabe, SongBird, BattleMoses, Gibbysdad, Tucson d-back fan, txzona, egboyz, Fangdango, Jim McLennan, Husk, J.RyanWalters, edbigghead and dbacks25. No comment went green so I chose this which summed up the thread