11 points in the 3rd quarter. That’s not the way to win a game, that’s for sure. Of course, now the Sterns have to come to Phx and play, and I think Phx will get their share of “homer” calls.
Now for the good news – our D-backs have the best record in MLB at 15-5. The starting rotation of Webb, Haren, and Owings is 12-0. Tonight’s game was a great thriller to watch, beating the Giants 5-4, and now winning 6 of 7 series so far this season. There’s also only 5 more games against the NL West before a 10 game homestead against the Astros, Mets, and Phillies. They’re right now six games ahead of the Rockies for the division lead as well, so they’re bound to do well here in these next five games (two more at the LA Dodgers, three at the San Diego Padres).
Yes, it’s early. Yes, you don’t win pennants in April. Yes, the D-backs can’t possibly keep hitting the way they’re doing all season. But, who cares – if they jump out to an insanely large lead before hitting the “slump”, then they can afford to weather it without too much worry.
So, last night’s Padres/Rockies game went 22 innings in a time of 6 hours 16 minutes.
These two teams seem to have a history of long-ass games (anyone remember last year’s 13-inning one-game tiebreaker?) so, it really doesn’t surprise me.
What did surprise me is that both teams actually only used one catcher. Can you imagine how bad those guys’ knees feel this morning after squatting for 6 hours AND then both teams had to catch red-eye flights (Colorado back home to Denver to start a series against Houston, San Diego coming here to Phoenix to start up one with the D-backs)?
And not only that, last night’s game was apparently the longest game in both clubs’ histories.
For a D-backs fan, that game spells A-W-E-S-O-M-E, because the Padres used 7 pitchers (4 of which went 2 innings or more), and because the Padres have now gone 94 innings without a home run, which will probably stretch to at least 100 tonight since Dan Haren hasn’t gone less than 6 innings in any of his starts this year. Tell me that Greg Maddux got enough sleep this morning to be ready for the D-backs’ bats…