Omar, Another Extra Inning Game

As the Diamondbacks continue their week long road trip to California, I am left to watch the game from home rather than the ball park. Tonight’s game was being shown on 3TV, The Place With More Stuff. I sat down and settled in for what should have been a quick game with Omar Daal on the mound. In his first start, Omar pitched well but did not get much run support. This led to the first extra innings game of the year for the Diamondbacks. In that game, they outlasted the Phillies and ended up winning in eleven innings. This time, the Diamondbacks were playing at San Diego and Omar looked very good pitching his heart out only to see his one run lead be erased in the ninth inning on a home run. This led to another extra innings game. When the Diamondbacks came up in the thirteenth inning, a couple of hours after Whitney’s bed time, she turned to me with half-opened eyes and asked, “How come Omar Daal has to play thirteen innings when all the rest of the pitchers only have to play nine? Is he being punished for something?” Watching Ed Sprague hit a game winning home run as the first batter in the bottom of the thirteenth inning, I turned to Whitney and said, “No, I think we are the ones being punished.”

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