D-backs vs. Brewers series recap; Mock weekend scouting report
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The “battle of the slugging pitchers” — which saw no such reality, save a Yovani Gallardo single and run –– was a draw. After Josh Collmenter‘s Monday night brilliance, the D-backs lost a couple of games in a row before shutting out the Brewers 4-0 last night. A few notes on the series:
- Chase Field booed Prince Fielder in every one of his at-bats in the series.
- Barry Enright‘s return to the D-backs on Tuesday was calamitous, to say the least. The 25-year-old right-hander gave up a total of six earned runs in three innings, on home runs by Corey Hart, Ryan Braun, Yuniesky Betancourt and Rickie Weeks. He was charged with the loss and optioned back to Reno the following day.
- D-backs shortstop Stephen Drew broke his right ankle in the fourth inning of Wednesday night’s 5-2 loss to the Brewers as he slid into home plate. He underwent surgery on Thursday which was, reportedly, successful and he will miss the rest of the season. The D-backs have consequently called up utility infielder Cody Ransom, although veteran Willie Bloomquist will likely get most of the starts at shortstop. Ransom is hitting .331 in 92 games for the triple A Reno Aces this season, with a 1.092 OPS. No less, Drew’s heart-of-the-order bat will be sorely missed.
- Justin Upton was hitless in his first 15 at-bats after the All-Star break. He’s now five for his last 11, with a double, a homer and a pair of RBIs.
- Ian Kennedy outdueled Zack Greinke in the series finale, giving up only four hits and two walks in seven innings, striking out five. Greinke is the second former Cy Young winner Kennedy has beaten this year, the other being Philadelphia’s Cliff Lee.
- David Hernandez‘s flawless substitution for injured closer J.J. Putz continued throughout the series, as he converted both of his save opportunities. Hernandez is now 7-for-7 in save opportunities since the Putz injury.
Upcoming: Colorado Rockies
The D-backs and Rockies begin a three-game weekend series tonight at Chase Field. The Rockies come to town six games back from the second-place D-backs. Star player Carlos Gonzalez suffered a wrist injury yesterday and isn’t expected to be in the lineup for any of the weekend’s contests.
Saturday (5:10 MST): RHP Collmenter (5-5, 2.65) vs. RHP Jason Hammel (5-9; 4.36)
Sunday (1:10 MST): RHP Micah Owings (3-0, 2.76) vs. RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (6-8; 4.00)
[Mock] Colorado Rockies Scouting Report:
Now, to begin a Friday tradition — a parodic scouting report of the D-backs’ weekend opponents. (Disclaimer: the following statements are not factually founded. In fact, for the most part, they were randomly conjured. Please understand the following to be nothing beyond parody.)
Jim Tracy, Manager: Attempts to insult younger players by telling them that Sean Connery and Roger Moore played a better James Bond than Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig. Frequently employs the cliché phrase “good times” — always accompanied by a deep sigh. Still uses a turquoise Sony Walkman.
Ubaldo Jimenez, SP: One of four active players who still collects baseball cards, the other three being Chuck James, Josh Thole, and Hunter Pence. Loves string cheese, moon pies, mini milk cartons, anything green apple flavored.
Jhoulys Chacin, SP: Will animately tell you his name is “Jhoulys Cha-ching,” then chuckle and clap his hands. Loves Adam Sandler movies.
Jason Hammel, SP: Euchre partners with Seth Smith. Adamant that RC Cola is better than Coke. Fluent in pig latin. Was recently stood up on a date-to-be with pitching coach Bob Apodaca’s younger daughter.
Juan Nicasio, SP: Line-cutter, cleanup man (postgame spread), stadium wanderer. No water — just red Gatorade, baby.
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