Wednesday, March 17, 2010
The Long, Slow Wait For The Regular Season: Diamondbacks 7, Angels 6
It wasn't as though things were horrible from the get-go; Palmer entered the game in the top of the fifth, giving up only a single and conveniently getting out of the frame in part thanks to Steven Drew erasing himself on the base paths. The sixth was rougher, with a solo blast to Mark Reynolds (okay, he does that), but also a walk to Miguel Montero, a player not exactly fond of the walk.
But it was the seventh that really proved Palmer's undoing, because he gave up hard-hit balls to Tony Abreu (double), Cole Gillespie (RBI triple), and Jose Macias (RBI single). After a fly out off the bat of Rusty Ryal for the inning's second out, he then failed to make an out against the next three batters. Granted, it was a warm-ish day (probably in the 80's by this time), but he looked as thoroughly and completely lost as I have ever seen a pitcher in my life. The walk at the end was the anti-cherry on top of this turd sundae.
Which is really too bad, because the Angels offense went to town against Ian Kennedy and Leo Rosales, pummeling both for six runs, all earned, four against a Kennedy who left the mound every bit as perplexed as Palmer would three frames later.
Will a pitcher, any relief pitcher, please answer the white courtesy phone?