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Individual achievement over the greater good?

Posted on: June 25, 2010 10:10 pm
Edited on: June 25, 2010 11:20 pm
 
Edwin Jackson What price is glory?

For the Arizona Diamondbacks and Edwin Jackson, it may be 149 pitches.

That's how many pitches needed to throw the second no-hitter in Arizona Diamondbacks history, a 1-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. It was the most pitches thrown in a game since Livan Hernandez threw 150 in 2005.

Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch left Jackson in despite him having thrown 134 pitches through eight innings. In all, Jackson walked eight batters, including one in the ninth. He also hit a batter and had one base runner reach on an error. However, he  did get helped out when Miguel Montero ended the eighth inning by throwing out pinch-runner Carl Crawford trying to steal. He also got out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the third inning.

"I told [Hinch] I'm not coming out," Jackson said.

According to the St. Petersburg Times ' Marc Topkin , Hinch said he "stopped counting at 115."

At some point, doesn't a greater good come in effect over the chance at history? Does the individual achievement outweigh what the team's needs and the pitcher's future? Although Jackson debuted in the majors in 2003, he won't turn 27 until September.

On the other hand, the Diamondbacks are 29-45 and going nowhere this season, they can afford to rest him later in the year or even skip a start soon, as Jackson suggested after the game.

Jackson has proven to be a workhorse, having thrown more than 120 pitches twice already this season. He threw 132 in a game last year and two more 120-plus pitch starts for the Tigers in 2009. But 149 pitches? Is that too much? Only time will tell.

What about the Rays? Tampa has been no-hit three times in less than one calendar year -- a perfect game by Mark Buehrle on July 23, 2009, the perfect game by Dallas Braden on May 9 and this imperfect no-hitter.

It is the fourth no-hitter of the season. There were seven no-hitters in 1991.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 3:12 pm
 

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Since: Jul 18, 2008
Posted on: June 26, 2010 5:24 am
 

Individual achievement over the greater good?

Owned.



Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: June 26, 2010 2:33 am
 

Individual achievement over the greater good?

Wow come on give the guy some credit. A no hitter is a special achievement regardless of how many walks.

And for your great logic, 7 of the 8 walks were in the first 3 innings. I'm sure at that point Edwin Jackson was thinking preserve the no hitter by walking guys..especially those 3 leading off the third inning to walk the bases loaded...

Your commentary is the joke..poorly done lewford.



Since: Feb 24, 2008
Posted on: June 25, 2010 10:23 pm
 

Individual achievement over the great good?

Walked 8 guys - what a joke.

"Oh hey guys, I fell behind a good hitter - i'll walk him to keep my no-no!"


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