Like he has a lot of teams this season, Colorado ace Ubaldo Jimenez dominated the Arizona Diamondbacks last night at Coors Field in Denver.. Mark Reynolds hit a three-run homer that was too little, too late (dbacks.com).
The Diamondbacks rallied finally, but after eight shutout innings, courtesy of Jimenez, it was too little, too late.
Arizona has an even firmer hold on last place in the National League West with the 7-3 loss to the 24-22 Rockies. At 20-27, the Snakes are the only team in the National League West with a losing record. The loss with their third in a row.
Jimenez was the man against the D-Backs the last time he faced them, too.
On April 27 in Denver, he held them to only a pair of hits in six shutout innings. He has gone on to rack up a 9-1, 0.88 ERA record in this still-young season. This is not to mention his no-hitter against the Atlanta Braves on April 17.
After a not-too-terrible-for-the-Snakes start by Rodrigo Lopez (in that he allowed four runs in six innings), the pathetic Juan Gutierrez entered the game and -- as usual -- added insult to injury
Guiterrez, who sports (get this) an 8.83 ERA, gave up three runs in the seventh, starting with back-to-back home runs minutes after he'd finished his warm-up tosses. Why this guy is ever inserted into a game, we'll never understand. Why this guy has a job as a pitcher in the major leagues, we'll never fathom.
Is this reliever all you can get for $411,600 (his 2010 salary) in the majors these days? Maybe.
At a game we attended last week at Chase Field, the hapless Gutierrez gave up two home runs and a double to center field in the bottom of the ninth with two outs, before he was pulled for Chad Qualls, who managed to get the final one. Fortunately, the D-Backs had put together an eight-run night and beat Toronto by two runs.
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Not so last night. By the time Gutierrez left, the score was 7-0 Colorado.
Which meant that a three-run homer by Mark Reynolds in the ninth meant little.
After today's game with the Rockies, the D-Backs continue their nine-game road trip against more division rivals, first the 23-22 San Francisco Giants and then the 26-20 Los Angeles Dodgers.
Scheduled to start in today's 12:10 p.m. game: Dan Haren, 5-3, 4.79 ERA, for Arizona and Jason Hammell, 1-3, 7.52 ERA, for Colorado. For information, go to www.diamondbacks.com.