Last night the Diamondbacks suffered the worst loss in their history, and once again the eighth inning was the setting for a disastrous display of dysfunction. The collapse started in the seventh inning where fan favorite Doug Slaten faced 2 batters, gave up two multi base hits, one run, and recorded no outs. Doug had recorded two outs in the sixth though, and apparently that was enough. Doug, the bus back to Reno is leaving today at 10. The Aces have missed you the past three days.
Then the eighth inning arrived with emerging fan favorite Juan Gutierrez pitching. Juan did his job and loaded the bases for the Marlins while not recording an out. Thankfully Scott Schoeneweis would take the mound to finish what Juan started and allow two of the three base runners to score.
From that point it was back to the team that we had been enjoying from April 6 to July 4. A couple errors, some lazy play by Felipe Lopez that affected the team but won’t show up in the box score, and a bullpen that seems to average 2 runs scored for every one out.
This was a terrible game and the largest blown lead in Diamondback’s history. I don’t know what is more aggravating, the game or the post game press conference with manager and Up With People member AJ Hinch, who reminded everyone to focus on the past five games rather than this little hiccup. "I just don't want to make too much out of this. Not that we can brush it off as a non-factor, but if you look at the perspective of the last two series and the first half of this game, there are a lot of positives to take from it."
You just suffered the worst loss in the history of the Diamondbacks and that is what you have to say? Put your cocoa down for a minute and get angry. Show some passion; make us believe that you actually think this kind of loss is unacceptable, make us think that you’re going to go in the locker room and light a fire under these guys. The players will only play as hard as you make them, and you making comments like this night after night allows them to become complacent with half hearted efforts and devastating losses.
The team just had one of the worst attendances for a game in their history earlier in the week with about 17,500. This type of play and attitude will pretty much ensure that those numbers continue, and there is half a season left.