Dazzling Debuts Dimmed by Disastrous Seventh

May 13, 2009 by  

feat_dbacks_0008Bryan Augenstein would look superb in his first inning of play by striking out two batters with pitches ranging from the mid 70’s to the low 90’s while retiring the side. Gerardo Parra would homer off the second pitch of his first major league at bat becoming the second player in D-backs history and the 100th in the major leagues to do so. In the second inning, Augenstein would be able to get out of a tough spot while keeping the game hitless for the Reds.

In the third inning, Cincinnati would score three runs to build a lead, while Arizona would score one in the bottom of the sixth to keep things close. In the seventh inning, things would crumble for the D-backs as multiple walks and two throwing errors would help to swing the momentum the Reds’ way. A five run seventh and a two run eighth, to add insult to injury, would be the demise of the Diamondbacks as they lose to the Reds by a score of 10-3.

Arizona would be swept in a series for the first time this year. The home team’s fans were leaving early, bee-lining for their parked cars as the seventh inning grew uglier. However, several fans did stick around. When the devoted fans stayed, cheers continued for the struggling team, which was a nice change of pace from the boos that they had been receiving earlier. Fan support has been an issue for obvious reasons but, it was nice to see that there were several that stuck around.

Augenstien, despite the loss, pitched six and 1/3 innings with 64 of his 95 pitches strikes. In his first major league appearance, he pitched fairly well and made some excellent fielding plays with one huge exception where he threw the ball away. The D-backs obviously have some talent in their minor league system but, it is now a case of getting the major league team’s problems sorted out.

The Diamondbacks hit the road again to play Atlanta followed by Florida as they seek to improve their record and continue to fine tune their roster.

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W: J. Cueto L: B. Augenstein S: None


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