Game 26/156 – I really don’t like pitcher’s duels. Especially when the team I’m pulling for comes out on the losing end. Pitching duels and 14+ inning games. It seems like, most of the time, the winner and loser of each game comes down to luck – and which team had the bad luck last.
But, because I had decided that – even in losses – we’re going to focus on the positives more than the negatives, here we go:
1. 3 or less negative things. And, I won’t even harp on them, because this loss was disappointing, but it was one of those losses that just comes with facing a good pitcher in the course of a long 162 game season.
- 4 of the 8 position players who started this game did not reach base once.
- Only one player (Aaron Hill) reached base twice today.
- And, the team went 0-for-4 with RISP today.
2. 5 positive thing to say:
- There were only 3 hits in the game, but – with hits so hard to come by – it was nice to see some patience at the plate. The team drew 3 walks, to increase their on base presence.
- There was some wackiness when rookie-phenom Bryce Harper sorta-kinda forgot to touch first when he was rounding second. He’d raced to first on a comebacker to Ian Kennedy and, when he throw sailed wide, he’d run to second. He was then out on appeal. So, that was fun.
- In a pitchers’ duel, both pitchers have to be having a good day. This was very true of Mr. Ian Kennedy. 7.0 IP, 4 hits, 2 runs, 2 K and a walk. A quality quality start from the ace of the staff. It was just unfortunate that he had to come out on the losing end.
- Jason Kubel‘s outs were loud outs tonight. If you’re going to make an out, a long fly ball isn’t a bad way to go about it. Those’ll start going out of the park on another day with more wind or cooler air or with just a little bit of luck.
- The bullpen has taken a bit of a beating over the last few games. But, a solid frame from Bryan Shaw can’t be overlooked. A solid outing is always worth a pat on the back.
Score: 2-1, Diamondbacks lose; Record back to .500! You win some, you use some.
Conclusion: Sometimes, you just get beat. A balk in the second inning that put the Nationals’ first run of the game on third so it could score via a groundout (instead leaving him on second, where he would not have scored) might have been the difference in a very close game.