Triple play not enough to help Diamondbacks

May 4, 2009 by  

azhb_default_articleStop me if you have heard this record before, but the Arizona Diamondbacks had a hard time getting any offense going tonight. The D-backs had a chance to make up ground on the first place Dodgers, but instead fell a game further behind.

Starter Doug Davis had a tough first inning against the boys in blue. After retiring the first two batters Manny Ramirez stepped in to face Davis. Manny was 8 of his last nine against Davis and after he lined a ball over the left field wall was 9 for his last 10 against Davis. Ramirez was followed by Andre Ethier who also took Davis yard making it back to back games the home team hit two homers in a row.  Ramirez, who has killed the D-backs since he arrived in Los Angeles, had his typical night of going 2-for-3 with three runs batted in.

The Diamondbacks were able to get on the board in the second inning as catcher Chris Snyder came to the plate with one out and Eric Byrnes on first. Snyder put the ball into left field and aggressive base running  by Byrnes landed him on third. Snyder was followed by short stop Josh Wilson who found a hole between the third baseman and short stop and scored Byrnes from third. Doug Davis ended the inning trying to move the runners over and left a bunt short. Dodgers catcher Russell Martin was able to turn a bunt into a 2-5-3 double play.

David got into more trouble in the second inning with runners on first and second with no outs. Casey Blake came to the plate and with a full count the runners went. Blake lined the ball at Josh Wilson who caught the ball, flipped it to second to record a second out and then over to first for a triple play. It was the second time in the D-backs history they recorded a triple play and the first since 2000.

Mat Kemp started the fifth inning with a single and Casey Blake followed with another single. Kemp would then steal third base off Davis and would be driven home by a Eric Stults sacrifice. Manny would drive in Blake later in the inning on another sacrifice fly. Trailing 4-1 Mark Reynolds would get one run back in the top of the sixth with his seventh home run but that would be it for the D-backs.

On a good note, Justin Upton went 1-for-1 with two walks and extended his hitting streak to 11 games.

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W: E. Stults L: D. Davis S: None


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