As far as losses go, yesterday's Arizona Diamondbacks' 4-3 extra-inning loss to the San Diego Padres didn't seem to be that big of a deal, all things considered.
But to the team's front office, however, it might have been the last straw, as manager Bob Melvin got his pink slip last night.
Bye-bye, Bobby. Don't let the door hit your ass on the way out.
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As for the game itself, the final nine innings in the Melvin era were much like any other loss this year: filled with frustration, missed opportunities, and offensive ineptitude.
With Dan Haren (3-3, 1.43 ERA) handling the ball, it appeared as though Arizona had a better-than-average chance at nabbing a win, especially after he helped his cause by doubling in Chris Snyder in the second inning. Haren was driven home from second base shortly thereafter to put his team up 2-0 when Augie Ojeda made a sac-fly. But the D-Backs pitching ace (who's been the most consistent performer on the roster this season) must not have had his Wheaties this morning, as he allowed a pair of RBI singles by the Padres in the fifth to knot things up.
It's a situation that was repeated itself in the next frame as Justin Upton scored from third after Eric Byrnes popped out, only to have San Diego answer back with a Nick Hundley double that plated Kevin Kouzmanoff. The bullpen trio of Juan Gutierrez, Scott Schoeneweis, and Esmerling Vasquez managed to keep things scoreless until the 10th inning (when a David Eckstein walk-off single ended the game), but their teammates couldn't manufacture a run. It wasn't for a lack of opportunity, however, as both Felipe Lopez and Upton on base with only one away in the seventh. Overall, the Snakes have gone 0-24 with runners in scoring position over the past four games.
Let's hope A.J. Hinch, the D-Backs' director of player development who will be named as Melvin's successor later today, can find a way to fix that (as well as the team's numerous other problems).