Ender Inciarte - RF
|available||A.J. Pollock - CF|
|at time||Paul Goldschmidt - 1B|
|of writing.||David Peralta - LF|
|But let's||Chris Owings - 2B|
|be honest.||Jake Lamb - 3B|
|Who||Nick Ahmed - SS|
|cares?||Oscar Hernandez -C|
|Jake Peavy - RHP||Chase Anderson - RHP|
I think the worst thing about last night's defeat was the long, drawn out nature of proceedings. At 5:11, it was far and away the longest 12-inning game in franchise history - the previous was back in 2002, when we beat the Dodgers 6-3 in a lightning-fast (by comparison) 4:23, so yesterday's defeat set a new mark by 48 minutes. The only longer game this season was the one in Milwaukee; that one took 17 innings, but only outlasted Friday's contest by a mere 38 minutes. If this had ended in nine, it might have been close to a new mark for a regulation game, since this was at or near four hours when we went into extras. That record is 4:01, set last year in the second Sydney game.
Randall Delgado also took the loss, without allowing an earned run, which happens perhaps more often than you'd think. He was the 36th such pitcher in team history, though the first since last August 21st, when Oliver Perez suffered the same fate. Thee have been a few memorable instances. In the last game of 2012, Ian Kennedy gave up two runs over seven innings, both unearned, turning a possible W into an L against Colorado. In 2010, Aaron Heilman threw five pitches to three batters, and got a loss. And back in 2004, Steven Randolph tossed 2.1 perfect innings, before being lifted after a walk. It came around to score on an error, and Randolph was the unlucky loser.
We're going to be at the game today, so we're hoping for better - or, at least, if not better, will settle for swifter. It's Star Wars day, and there will be an A.J. Pollock light-saber bobblehead. Which is ironic, because he admits he has never seen the movies. Somewhere, Josh Collmenter is sighing sadly. Hmm,. it also appears Fox Sports Arizona is using "Snake Bites" for that section of its site. If they think changing one letter is going to be sufficient to avoid bringing down the wrath of the SnakePit's crack team of lawyers, Messrs. Babip, Pecota, Vorp & Eckstein... Well, they're probably quite right, actually!