Another Day, Another Shutout: Diamondbacks 7 – Reds 0
This time it took 4 D’Backs pitchers: starter Juan Cruz, who pitched the first six, then one each from Jose Vizcaino, Brandon Lyon and Jorge Julio. Yup. The new guy that I have suggested is a head case had his head on straight today. The quartet combined for a 5-hitter with 8 strikeouts.
The D’Backs got the one run they needed for the W in the fourth inning. Craig Counsell broke an 0-for 2-games plus slump with a double. (DTLFL welcomes the re-awakening of Counsell’s bat). He was driven in by (Tah-Dah!) Eric Byrnes, who singled to center.
Byrnes also scored in the 6th inning, (the D’Backs’ third run), when he led off the inning with a walk, stole second, advanced to third on the catcher’s throwing error, and scored a little while later when Shawn Green hit an infield single to second.
So it was a good day for Byrnes, who went 1-4 with a BB, 1 RBI, 1 R and one SB.
The big blow for the Diamondbacks was struck by Orlando Hudson, who hit his first homer. It was a three-run shot that drove in Luis Gonzales and Tony Clark. (DTLFL welcomes the resurrection of Hudson’s bat. He’s been hitting well recently).
It was a good day for Byrnes, but not a great day. In the 7th inning, there was one out, and Counsell was standing on first after having driven in Orlando Hudson and having sent Chris Snyder to third on a single. That would have been a great time for Double No. 15. Instead, Byrnes popped to short.
I did not see the play, but I can guess what happened. With one out and Counsell on first, Byrnes would have wanted to avoid the possibility of an inning-ending double play. And a sacrifice fly would have scored Snyder from third. So Byrnes must have tried to loft the ball. He put too much early uppercut into his swing, resulting in an infield popup rather than a sac fly to the outfield.
Byrnesie also struck out in the ninth on a foul tip. The 1-4 brought his average down to .322. He’s at that point where he has to go at least 2-5 to make any headway with his batting average. Call me greedy if you will, but I don’t think I am harder on Byrnesie than he is on himself.