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.
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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.
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