The scheduled recapper had a family function, and the scheduled replacement recapper had to call off. I'll maybe get round to writing something up. Mrs S and I are having dinner with the SnakePitette, who flew in from Atlanta this afternoon. But looking at the box score for this one, I'm not sure there's much point in picking over the bones in detail. More walks helped put the Diamondbacks behind the eight-ball early, and though the offense did try and fight back, the hole Drey Jameson did in an interminable first inning was too deep. The D-backs dropped three out of four, and are tied for the lead in the NL West, courtesy of a Dodgers win jn Chicago.
More later. Perhaps. Or maybe not. We'll see how I feel when I get back from dinner. It's possible the pasta may have won out. Feel free to chip in among the comments.
Back after a very nice Italian meal at Tutti Santi on Northern. I particularly recommend the veal, but everything I had was tasty. I still don’t particularly feel any strong urge to write in much detail about this afternoon’s game, but I will mention that it was the 19th time in franchise history where the starting pitcher for the Diamondbacks has thrown one inning or less. Actually, the “true” tally of starts which ended in the first inning is likely smaller. To begin with, on five occasions, the pitcher in question did actually come out for the second inning, they were just not able to record any outs. Because they failed to retire a batter, their tally went into the books as 1.0 IP.
There are also cases where the plan was never for the pitcher to be a “proper” starter. That was the case for the last such one inning start, which happened on June 12 last year. Kyle Nelson was the “starting pitcher” that day, but was lifted after throwing a scoreless - indeed, hitless inning. The final appearance for Arizona of Taijuan Walker, in September 2019, also falls into that category. There are also outings which were ended abruptly, either through injury or other occurrences outside of the team’s control. Madison Bumgarner getting ejected due to the foreign substance check in Miami last year would be one such example.
By the time you remove all of the above, you have a much shorter list of cases where an Arizona starter never faced a hitter past the first inning, entirely due to their own ineffectiveness. Jameson’s outing was only the seventh such, from what I can see, by a D-back. Here is where it stacks up against the others.
|Drey Jameson||2023-04-23||SDP||L 5-7||GS-1, L||1.0||3||3||3||0||3||1|
|Robbie Ray||2019-09-11||NYM||L 0-9||GS-1, L||0.2||5||5||5||2||0||1|
|Shelby Miller||2018-07-11||COL||L 2-19||GS-1, L||1.0||4||5||5||1||2||1|
|Jeremy Hellickson||2015-09-14||SDP||L 3-10||GS-1, L||1.0||3||5||3||1||2||1|
|Byung-Hyun Kim||2007-08-14||FLA||L 5-14||GS-1, L||0.1||4||4||3||0||1||0|
|Juan Cruz||2006-05-17||SDP||L 10-14||GS-1, L||0.2||5||9||9||0||3||1|
|Armando Reynoso||2000-04-23||SFG||L 7-12||GS-1, L||0.0||6||7||7||1||1||0|