| Sports |

Revenge of the Burned: Former D-Backs Pitcher Micah Owings Gets Retribution in 3-1 Cincinnati Win

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free.

Things seemed to get a little personal during the Arizona Diamondbacks' 3-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night at Chase Field. For proof, look no further than the nice-size bruise that Ryan Roberts is probably sporting on his left arm this morning.

The contusion came via an 86-mile-per-hour fastball dished out by Reds pitcher (and one-time hurler for Arizona) Micah Owings to start the bottom of the eighth, striking Roberts just above his elbow.

The beanball, which could've been in retaliation for D-Backs relief pitcher Jon Rauch brushing back Cincy's Brandon Phillips during the top half of the inning, wasn't the only way that the ex-Snakes star got a little payback against the team who dumped him (although he later denied such feelings during post-game interviews). Owings, who was dealt away last fall in the Adam Dunn trade, tossed seven scoreless frames and struck out four, including Justin Upton, who's hitting streak (sadly) ceased at 18 games.

After the beaning went down, D-Backs television colorman Mark Grace made a prediction that there might be some reprisal by Roberts' teammates during tonight's game, maybe even a bench-clearing brawl. "I wouldn't mind seeing a donnybrook . . . wouldn't mind it at all," Grace quipped.

Lord knows watching Arizona's lineup swinging some punches would be more interesting than seeing 'em continue to swing at empty air, or spoiling perfectly good efforts by their starting pitchers, as they did again last night. Dan Haren (3-4, 2.09 ERA) was working hard on the mound in the loss as he fanned five Cincinnati players and allowed three runs. Phillips seemed to have his number, as the Reds slugger got a pair of homers from Haren's heaters. The lone Diamondbacks run came in the eighth, when Felipe Lopez nailed an RBI double off reliever Arthur Rhodes to bring home Josh Wilson.

Whether or not Gracie's prediction comes true, we'll be hoping that the Diamondbacks will be hitting balls out of the park instead of slugging opposing players when they take to the diamond for tonight's series finale at Chase Field. Promising newbie Bryan Augenstein (0-0) will be making his major-league debut against dominating right hander Johnny Cueto (3-1, 1.59). First punch, er . . . pitch, is at 6:40 p.m.

TV: Fox Sports Arizona. Radio: KTAR-AM 620.

For tickets and more info, visit www.dbacks.com.

Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.