Record: 8-22 On Pace: 43-119 Change on 13/10/04: -8/-6/-4
If I take myself and my feelings on the outcome of the game out of the equation, tonight was actually a really good game. It was back and forth all game, neither team ever really giving up, right until the very end. An exciting game all around, though you wouldn't know it from the GDT, my comments included.
After both teams went quietly in the first inning, the Diamondbacks got the scoring started in the second. Miguel Montero lead the inning off with a double, already his sixth of the season, and then went to third on a failed pick off attempt by the Rockies pitcher, Tyler Chatwood. Aaron Hill then sacrificed him home. They weren't done there. An Eric Chavez walk and Chris Owings double brought the score up to 2-0 Dbacks.
The Rockies responded in the top of the fourth, getting a single, a triple, that most people think Geraldo Parra could have fielded better, and another single, all with two outs to tie the game at two a piece. The Dbacks weren't having any of that, however, and after Montero struck out to start the bottom half of the inning, Hill hit a double to left field, and Chavez brought him home with a one out single to make the score 3-2 Dbacks.
Other than a Paul Goldschmidt hit-by-pitch, everything was quiet in the fifth inning, but the sixth inning is where it really started to unravel in my mind. Mike Bolsinger gave up a double to Carlos Gonzalez and a home run to Troy Tulowitzky to give Colorado a one run lead. He wasn't able to get an out in the sixth, but Oliver Perez came in and ended the inning without any more damage.
While that hurt, what really killed the team came in the bottom of the inning. A walk from Hill, a single from Chavez, and another walk from A.J. Pollock lead off the inning. No outs. And then they failed to score a single run. Chris Owings grounded into a force out at home for the first out. This was followed up by one of the worst managerial decisions I've seen all year. The pitcher's spot came up, and instead of using either Martin Prado or Cody Ross, both of whom were on the bench, Gibson instead decided Roger Kieschnick, he of the career 17 hits because, as Gibson said after the game:
Gibson said he considered using Prado or Ross in the sixth but decided on Kieschnick. Liked the matchup, wanted to save others for later.— Nick Piecoro (@nickpiecoro) April 30, 2014
Well, okay then. Kieschnick struck out swinging, and Tony Campana made the final out of the inning.
The Dbacks would manage to tie it up again, but Addison Reed would come in and give up a lead off home run in the ninth to Drew Stubbs that would end up being the difference in the game. In the bottom of the inning, the Dbacks would put a couple runners on, but they weren't able to do anything with them.
Rockstar: A.J. Pollock, 41.7%
Not so much: Mike Bolsinger -40.6%, Addison Reed -31.3%
An active Gameday Thread, at almost 900 comments. Leading the way was DbacksSkins at 160, with TolkienBard also breaking triple digits, and AZDbacksfaninDC not to far behind. All present were
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Comment of the Night goes to Clefo, for his plan to get Kevin Towers banned from baseball...