Record: 6-2. Pace: 121-41. Change on last season: 0
Quote: "It was definitely emotional coming off the field, for sure. The fans got into it…I tried to stay strong – didn’t want to come out of there crying or anything. I’m just thinking positive; everybody’s been real positive." – Doug Davis.
We must be stuck in some sort of bizarro universe. Timely hitting, runs aplenty, large margins of victory, shaky bullpen…it’s like a strange dichotomy from last season. But when things are going this well, how can anybody argue with the results?
Once again, the Diamondbacks got off to a fast start (that’s 13 first inning runs in eight games), and once again, Mark Reynolds was right in the middle of it. Apparently Special K has decided that if you're going to get a home run, you might as well smack the damn thing 450 feet or so, as he lifted another towering shot to center to bring in Hudson (ground rule double) and Jackson (HBP). It helped that Chad Billingsley was battling his familiar control problems, as he threw more balls than strikes (38-32) and had a WHIP of almost 4 in his two-and-a-third innings.
The boys in red tacked on two more
in the third, with a sac fly by
Still, the biggest story of the day
by far was Doug Davis. Two days before heading off to see the doctors and take
care of his personal health, Double D used a surgeon's precision to pick apart
the Dodgers. Sporting his usual assortment of slow, nibbling pitches,
The magical bullpen carpet ride
continued. Unfortunately, there still hasn’t been anyone paying attention to
the signs warning of turbulence or falling to one’s death. Juan Cruz took over
the overworked Qualls' spot in the seventh and got two quick outs, but then
walked Furcal and gave up a single to Kemp, bringing in Slaten to face the
lefty Ethier. Apparently Slaten graduated from the Jose Valverde school of heart
attacks, as he got out of the inning with about a 370-foot flyout to deep right
pointed out in the Gameday thread, the four HBP tied a franchise record last
seen in 2001 against
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Master of His Domain: Mark Reynolds, +24.1%
(A Well Deserved) Honorary Mention: Doug Davis, 18.4%
God-emperor of Suck: Chris Young, -11.9%
the focus (rightfully) is on
Now that the game is finally in the books, everybody gets to snag a few hours of sleep before tomorrow’s day game. Attendance was listed at a disappointing 28,973, somewhat surprising given the team’s success over the past year plus and it being the first series of the season. Then again, it was a weeknight, and as it turned out the kids would have been up like six hours past their bedtime anyway. At 3:36, it was the longest nine-inning game since a 5-1 victory over the Red Sox on June 10 last season (RJ beat Dice-K). The Gameday thread suffered no such ill effects, however, spilling over into a second thread for the first time and totaling almost 800 comments.
a series win already wrapped up, Ownings will take the mound against Hiroki
Kuroda at about 12:30 tomorrow looking for a sweep. Both pitched exceedingly
well in their first start of the season, so it’ll be interesting to see if the
offense can keep up their torrid pace. Losing