True Elation 4 or Oh, Me of Little Faith
At the end of three, with the score Padres 10 D’Backs 1 and Eric Byrnes having just made the last out to go 0-2, I shut down the computer and went to the gym. I know I said I would work, but I decided to work out instead.
When I got back, the MLB.com scoreboard said that the game had ended SD 14-Ari 10, a score more suited to a game between the Chargers and the Cardinals than the Padres and the Diamondbacks. So I went to the Gameday screen with the fervent wish that Byrnesie had something to do with those 10 runs.
Did he and HOW! The D’Backs scored 8 runs in the 6th inning and guess who started the fireworks (again): Eric Byrnes with a single. He got over to third in station-to-station fashion then was driven in by a Conor Jackson double. Then Byrnesie came up to bat again in the 6th and homered with Craig Counsell aboard. Both hits came off reliever Scott Cassidy, a righty. Remember that he singled and homered off Peavy, got a couple of hits against Maddux and went 3-5 against righties on Opening Day. Has Byrnesie debunked the propaganda that he can’t hit righties, or what??? This is the second day in a row that he has homered and the 3rd day in the last 5 that he has homered.
Byrnesie went 2-5 with 2RBI and 2 R. The productive night pushed his batting average to .324.
This is another example of true elation without a team win, but losing will happen when you spot the opposition nine runs and your name is not "New York Yankees."
Besides, the D’backs won the series and are 5 out of 6 this season against the Padres. The bottom line for me is that Eric Byrnes just had his third consecutive multi-hit day, he’s homered twice in two days, and as of this morning he was in a 4-way tie for 6th place on the NL doubles list. I will sleep well tonight.
Kéllia "Vote Eric Byrnes for the All-Star Team" Ramares