Spring Is Gone: The Inside Pitch


Posted Apr 12, 2006


The Inside pitch from Scout.com

INSIDE PITCH
Further proof that spring training means absolutely nothing: After leading the major leagues with a .325 team batting average and pacing both leagues with 233 runs, the Diamondbacks rank at the bottom end of both with a .229 average and a grand total of just 23 after their first seven regular-season games.
Three everyday starters are struggling offensively: right fielder Shawn Green is batting .150 (3-for-20), catcher Johnny Estrada is batting .167 (3-for-20) second baseman Orlando Hudson is batting .222 (6-for-27).
"We have some guys who are struggling with the bat right now," manager Bob Melvin said. "We're going to swing better than this, I believe. I think we're going to tax the other team a little bit more."
Left fielder Luis Gonzalez isn't terribly concerned, either.
"Our offense isn't where we want it to be right now," said Gonzalez, who is hitting .259. "We want it to get back to spring training, where we were manufacturing runs and putting up big innings, but we'll be there. We're not worried about it."
REPLAY: The Diamondbacks lost a one-run decision to the Rockies on Tuesday, and their 6-5 defeat can be traced back to a first-inning base-running blunder in which a base-loaded, one-out situation turned into an inning-ending double play.
Conor Jackson hit a fly ball to shallow left field, which Matt Holliday appeared to catch, but it was ruled a trap. That caught everyone off guard and resulted in a 7-5-4 double play, with force outs at third and second base.
"He kind of shielded his body from us," said Luis Gonzalez, who was on first base at the time. "By the time we picked up the umpire to get a safe sign, we were already tracking back to our original base."

NOTES, QUOTES
--Arizona's 6-5 loss to the Rockies dropped the team's record to 3-6 in home openers. The Diamondbacks have lost their past four openers at Chase Field, formerly known as Bank One Ballpark.
--UT Andy Green's single in the sixth inning Tuesday was the first by a Diamondbacks' pinch hitter this season. The club was 0-for-8 in pinch-hit at-bats.
--RHP Orlando Hernandez lasted only 4 2/3 innings against the Rockies, the shortest stint by a Diamondbacks starter in seven games. The rotation has gone seven innings twice, six innings three times and five innings once.
--RF Shawn Green, who was 3-for-14 in his career against Colorado LHP Brian Fuentes, hit a solo home run off the Rockies closer in the ninth inning Tuesday to pull Arizona within a run. But the Diamondbacks' rally fell short as they dropped to 3-4 on the season.
--RHP Brandon Medders will pitch one or two more outings on an injury-rehab assignment with Triple-A Tucson before the Diamondbacks make a decision on when to call him up.
BY THE NUMBERS: 7 -- Earned runs allowed by Arizona's starting pitchers after their first four games.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "Guys in this game are always looking for some kind of edge, some kind of advantage. I don't know if he did or didn't use steroids. But he wouldn't be the first or last guy to look for some kind of chemical edge to enhance his skills." -- Diamondbacks reliever Terry Mulholland on Barry Bonds, although he think the Giants' slugger is the victim of a witch hunt, seeing that steroids weren't officially banned by baseball until recently.
 



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