Heartbreaking loss for D-backs

June 21, 2009 by  

teams_ariIt didn’t take long for the Arizona Diamondbacks to find out why Seattle Mariners starter Felix Hernandez is called “The King.” After a leadoff single in the first by Felipe Lopez, Hernandez cruised right through the next three batters.

In the second inning the D-backs looked like they had a chance to break it open, but were unable to score after loading the bases with no outs. Gerardo Parra singled to reach base then moved to second after Miguel Montero followed with another single off Hernandez. Tony Clark followed with the third single in a row and bases were loaded with no outs. Eric Byrnes hit shot to thirdbaseman Chris Woodward who retired Montero at third and threw Parra out at home. Augie Ojeda then struck out and the Diamondbacks were unable to score a run off Hernandez.

After allowing 4 hits in the first two innings Hernandez allowed only one more before the eight inning. With one out in the eight Justin Upton walked and Mark Reynolds followed with a 2-run homer giving the D-backs a 2-1 lead and knocking King Felix from the game.

Doug Davis pitched a gem for seven innings and was replaced by Scott Schoeneweis to start the 8th inning. Schoeneweis allowed a single to Mike Carp who then advanced to second on a throwing error by Felipe Lopez. Jon Rauch then came in to relieve Schoeneweis and Mike Sweeney singled moving Carp to third with no outs. Franklin Guitierrez reached first off a fielders choice and Carp scored from third tying the game 2-2.

In the bottom of the 9th Clay Zavada walked the leadoff hitter and Ichiro Followed with a soft ground ball to Stephen Drew at short. Drew made a strong throw, but with Ichiro’s speed he reached putting runners on first and second with no outs. Zavada then struck out Chris Woodward on a failed bunt and got Carp to ground out to first. With runners on second and third and two outs Mike Sweeney, hitting .240 this year, was intentionally walked. Closer Chad Qualls came in for the final out. A soft grounder to Reynolds was fielded cleanly and first baseman Tony Clark dropped the throw.

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