The D'Backs looked to grab a five game winning streak and continue an undefeated homestand, and take the series against the Colorado Rockies tonight. Did they? Well, yeah, if you read the headline. Uh, spoilers I guess.
Joe Saunders took the mound for the first time since he was cruelly denied a victory against Cincinnati by some oops-based bullpen work. The Team apologise for the fault in the bullpen. Those responsible have been sacked. Mynd you, bullp0n bites Kan be pretty nasti ...
Joe did his job, the offense did theirs, and everyone went home happy.
Except the Colorado Rockies, but who cares, eh?
|Final - 7.24.2012||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|WP: Joe Saunders (5 - 6)
LP: Edwar Cabrera (0 - 2)
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The Rockies threw out Edwar Cabrera, in place of the injured Drew Pomeranz. You look at that and say "Edwar"? I imagine the discussion went like this:
DOCTOR: Congratulations, it's a boy! Here's a certificate and a pencil, write down what you wanna name him.
MR. CABRERA: What should we name him?
MRS. CABRERA: Let's name him after my uncle! (she starts writing on the certificate)
MR. CABRERA: Oooh, which one?
MRS. CABRERA: Edward.
MR. CABRERA: Edward? That guy likes to make wood carvings of characters from Ender's Game.
MRS. CABRERA: You never give my relatives a chance!
MR CABRERA: YOUR RELATIVES ARE WEIRD!
MRS. CABRERA: OH GREAT, NOW MY PENCIL BROKE, AND I WAS ALMOST DONE WRITING IT! MY MOTHER WAS-
MR. CABRERA: OH YOUR MOTHER WAS RIGHT ABOUT ME, HOW ORIGINAL!
MRS. CABRERA: DON'T YELL IN FRONT OF THE BABY!
MR. CABRERA: FINE!
MR. CABRERA: FINE!
DOCTOR: Oooooookay, I'll just take that from you.
He came into his spot-start with a 19.29 ERA. That's generally not considered good, but he had good looking stuff to start out the game. The D'Backs had a bases loaded and one out situation in the second , but Joe Saunders struck out, and Willie Bloomquist flew out. For the love of... This happened again next inning, but first and third with two outs and... nothing.
Joe Saunders had a no-hitter through 3 and 2/3 but Michael Cuddyer was not having any of it, and reached down on a Change-Up for a solo shot to left field to make it 1-0 in favor of Colorado. However, Cabrera was approaching the magical and not at all arbitrary 75 pitch mark. This meant scoring for the D'Backs in the fourth. Chris Young lead off the inning with a walk, and then stole second base on a close play. Stephen Drew then proceeded to hit a double to the wall to score CY. Cabrera struck out Joe Saunders, and so obviously Jim Tracy took him out of the game after that.
Yep, 75 pitches is 75 pitches, apparently, but Jim Tracy is a benevolent master, and gave Cabrera six extra pitches. On the plus side, he was able to drop his ERA to 11.12 Josh Reonicke came in and almost gave up Willie Bloomquist's first Home Run of the year, but a fan reached over the yellow line and it was called a double. In all honesty, that fan just robbed Willie of a regular double, but either way the score became 2-1 good guys.
Scoring continued in the fifth with Chris Young hitting a two-run dinger (though, not a two-run dinger that hit Dinger, sadly), almost at the same time the Tyler Bortnick era for the D'Backs began.
The Rockies weren't quite done. By "The Rockies" I mean "Michael Cuddyer". With two outs in the top of the sixth, he got a solo shot to make it 4-2. He is not a nice man. Other than him, Saunders domintaed the Rockies. His final line: 7 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, and 9 strikeouts, which ties a career high.
You know what is awesome? Miguel Montero delivered a two RBI base-hit in the bottom of the seventh to continue the D'Backs Taco Streak (currently at 7). This would make the score 6-2, and it would stay that way the rest of the game. Takashi Saito and David Hernandez would go 1-2-3-4-5-6 in the eight and ninth innings to shut it down.
Crisp Lettuce: Joe Saunders (Pitching) + 21%
Montezuma's Revenge: Joe Saunders (Hitting) -14%
The D'Backs go for the sweep tomorrow night, having overcome the summit of Mount .500 once again. Now to stay there... The game is at same time and place. Ciao