The Comedy of Errors

I was really hoping that the Diamondbacks had somehow gotten to the end of their losing streak. Not only was a 5-game losing streak bad for team morale, it wasn’t doing much for my marriage either. Trina and the kids were getting less happy every day. I was getting stressed about the team too but they were taking things much harder. I admired them for their outlook but quickly realized that the losing had nothing to do with how poorly the team was playing. They were just sick of this growth on my face and wanted me to shave. Still we all wanted the same goal so I was feeling good about that. I think it’s important to have common goals as a family and if my unshaven face was what it took I was willing to sacrifice.

Today was the day, I could just feel it. This would be the day that Dan Haren would overcome the recent struggles he had been having and the Diamondbacks would find a way to get timely hits. The Giants would send Brad Hennessey to the mound and there were several Diamondbacks players who had very good numbers against him. If there ever were a match-up to favor the snakes, this was it.

The game started out well enough; Arizona held the Giants scoreless for the first 2 innings and then scored themselves in the top of the third. Unfortunately the Giants scored 2 runs in the bottom of the third to take a 2-1 lead. Still that was not a large deficit. Dan Haren still did not look good. He lasted only 4 innings throwing 99 pitches. He gave up 2 runs on 6 hits and walked 3 batters. He just doesn’t look comfortable on the mound. I’m trying to figure out if he is telegraphing his pitches or what is allowing the hitters to square him up the way they are. If the Diamondbacks are going to have any chance of making the playoffs Haren has got to get over this funk.

The Arizona bullpen did an admirable job over the next 3 innings. Leo Rosales threw a perfect fifth inning. Juan Cruz and Chad Qualls both worked a scoreless inning each. Each of them allowed a hit but the Giants could not capitalize. Bob Melvin gambled being down 2-1 and brought in Brandon Lyon in the eighth inning. This decision would come back to bite him.

In the top of the ninth Chris Young hit a triple scoring Alex Romero and Jeff Salazar to give the Diamondbacks a 3-2 going into the bottom of the ninth. Lyon went back out to the mound for his second inning of work. Lyon recorded the first out when Pablo Sandoval grounded out to shortstop. Catcher Bengie Molina singled to left putting the potentially tying run on first. Lyon then got Travis Ishikawa to ground to third for the second out but moving the tying run to second. Aaron Rowand walked putting the winning run on base. It came down to Lyon facing Eugenio Velez. Lyon threw 2 curveballs for strikes meaning they needed just one more strike for the Diamondbacks to get the win. For whatever reason Brandon Lyon threw a fastball belt high on the inner half of the plate and Velez laced a triple to the centerfield wall scoring pinch runner Ryan Rohinger and Aaron Rowand. Just like that the victory was gone replace with yet another loss.

It wasn’t just the bullpen that had problems in this game. The Diamondbacks committed 3 errors, two by shortstop Stephen Drew and a team leading 30th error by third baseman Mark Reynolds. Arizona could muster only 6 hits against a pitcher who had an ERA of 9.64. This is a pitcher that allows 1.6 base runners per inning yet the Diamondbacks could not do anything against him. The team ended the road trip going 0-6. They scored 14 runs in 6 games while allowing the opposition to score 34 runs. Being outscored by 20 runs is definitely not going to make the post season.

When Arizona began this road trip they were in first place by 1.5 games. They now come back to Phoenix with an 0-6 record and find themselves 3.5 games in back of the hot Los Angeles Dodgers. As for me, I am going home and throwing away the whole package of razor blades. Partly because I think they’re jinxed and partly just in case I get suicidal thinking about how the team is now playing.

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