To paraphrase the late great T.S. Elliot, this is the way the Arizona Diamondbacks' 2010 season, not with a bang but a whimper. The sucktastic Snakes closed out their year by losing two out of three games to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the final weekend of play.
Sunday's 3-1 defeat was a fitting end to a sour season fraught with frustration and futility. It was much like the team's 2009 campaign, inasmuch as there was a regime change in the clubhouse, as well as a countless losses caused by hitting problems, bad pitching, and just a general lack of fighting spirit on the part of the D-Backs.
Arizona pulled off a 7-5 victory on Friday night, thanks in large part to the heroics of Adam LaRoche. The 31-year-old not only clobbered a 372-footer in the fifth inning, he also knocked in three runs to reach the laudable milestone of 100 RBIs for the season. (He's also the first Diamonbacks first baseman to do so.) Mark Reynolds, Brandon Allen, Kelly Johnson, and Chris Young and served up some ribeyes over the course of the contest.
Starting pitcher Zach Kroenke also nabbed his first career win after five frames of work, scattering two hits and striking out one. His bullpen counterparts didn't fare as well however, as Esmerling Vasquez earned three runs and Sam Demel gave up two RBIs before Aaron Heilman and Juan Gutierrez closed things out.
The D-Backs should've saved some hits for Saturday, as Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley was mowing 'em down in style to help his team secure a 3-2 victory. Joe Saunders gave up homers to Matt Kemp and RBIs to Ander Ethier and Rod Barajas in the loss, giving El Lay a one-run advantage over Arizona, who one could come up with a sacrifice fly by Tony Abreu and a Stephen Drew RBI single in the eighth.
The Boys in Blue were also equally victorious during yesterday's season and series finale as skipper Joe Torre ended his 40-year career in baseball with a 3-1 win over the lowly Diamondbacks. Matt Kemp kicked things off by getting a two-run homer off starting pitcher Rodrigo Lopez to get the Dodgers on the board early. Arizona's bat stayed deathly silent for most of the game as Ted Lilly provided seven strong innings on the hill and struck out nine. One his only missteps came in the seventh when Rusty Ryal's double brought in Gerardo Parra and provided the team's last RBI of 2010 in the seventh.
And that's all she wrote for 2010 as the Diamondbacks wind up with a 65-97. They'll likely be cleaning out their lockers and spend the winter on the golf course playing the links (or in Stephen Drew's case, playing Halo Reach on his XBOX 360). Thanks for another crappy year guys. See you in the spring.
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