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Gameday Thread, #111: 8/7 vs. Padres SNAKEPITFESTAPALOOZA!!


Clayton Richard
LHP, 9-5, 3.60


Rodrigo Lopez
RHP, 5-10, 4.64

Tankapalooza 2010 Standings

Rk Tm W L W-L% GB
1 Orioles 36 73
.330 -
2 Pirates 38 71
.349 2
3 Mariners 41
69 .373 4.5
D-backs 42 68 .382 5.5
Royals 46 63 .422 10
Indians 47 63 .427 10.5

Getting this thread up here early, for any last thoughts, pre-SnakePitFestapalooza this afternoon - I'll be heading out of work at 3pm, tickets and seating chart in hand. Section 136 will be OURS, bwah-ha-ha! It'd be nice if we could win, since I think the team have a pristine record when I attend the ballpark, whether on my own dime or for the Fox Sports Arizona webchats. A third victory in a row for Arizona would also mean the retiral of Tankapalooza, at least until the next losing streak of three games. Which didn't take long the last time it was retired, after the Mets sweep. As in, three games...

Last night's victory was a tonic, and a rarity against our divisional foes; before that, our record was 10-29 facing the NL West. To put that into context, only one other team in the National League has less than twenty wins versus their rivals [the Giants are 19-22]. Curiously, the Diamondbacks actually have a winning record, 15-14 against the NL East this season - only the Giants and Cardinals have a better W%. Maybe we should apply for a transfer?

Each starter faced the opposition once before, meeting each other on July 17 at Petco. Neither exactly set the world on fire. Richard got the win, allowing five runs on nine hits and two walks, over 6.1 innings in July. But Lopez took the loss, giving up six in six, as San Diego won 8-5 - the long-ball was the issue, as Rodrigo became the first starter in Petco history to allow four home-run in one game. That kind of thing would be why he leads the NL, and keeping the ball in the park this afternoon, would be helpful. However, he has only avoided the HR completely in two of his dozen Chase appearances this year, and has served up seven in the past four starts and 24.2 IP at home.

Here's to better today - I am also looking for Mark Reynolds to be back in the line-up [sorry, Jim - DENIED :(], and perhaps a bomb from him to mark SnakePitFest. Those of you who are going, I'll see you there. The rest of you will find a full recap of the event - and, just maybe, a mention or two of the game - later on.

  1. Chris Young - CF
  2. Kelly Johnson - 2B
  3. Justin Upton - LF
  4. Adam LaRoche - 1B
  5. Rusty Ryal - LF
  6. Bobby Crosby - 3B
  7. Stephen Drew - SS
  8. John Hester - C
  9. Rodrigo Lopez - P