Arizona Diamondbacks Bullpen Terrible-as-Usual in Today's Blowout Loss to Hanley Ramirez-Less Florida Marlins
|D-backs starting pitcher Billy Buckner was decent in his season debut against the Florida Marlins.|
The Diamondbacks got blown out by the Florida Marlins 8-0 in Miami, but don't let the score reflect on D-backs pitcher Billy Buckner, who made his season debut today after being called up from Reno.
Buckner threw three, scoreless innings in this afternoon's game and only gave up two runs in five innings pitched.
Buckner was sharp early, but ran into trouble in the fourth when, with a man already on base, he loaded the bases by hitting Marlins first baseman Gaby Sanchez with a pitch and walking catcher Brett Hayes.
With the bases loaded, Buckner then hit third baseman Brian Barden with a pitch to score the first run for the Fish.
Buckner gave up another run in the fifth before he was taken out of the game.
With the D-backs dreadful bullpen now at the helm, the Marlins bats were off to the races.
In total, the bullpen gave up six runs in three innings, including
homers by Dan Uggla and Cameron Maybin in the sixth, both off of
D-backs reliever Saul Rivera.
The piss-poor bullpen aside, it's
tough to win baseball games when you can only muster two hits, which is
the whopping total the D-backs' offense brought to the table.
Even more distressing is that 50 percent of the D-backs two hits were by Buckner, the pitcher.
Justin Upton, the D-backs $51 million man, got the team's only other hit.
D-backs may have played like shit, but the trip to Florida gave the
team a chance to witness today's dose of MLB drama first-hand: The
Hanley Ramirez situation.
Ramirez, a two-time All-Star shortstop
and the reigning NL batting champion, was yanked from today's lineup by
Florida manager Fredi Gonzalez for failing to hustle in yesterday's
Click here for details on Ramirez's alleged loafing.
interviews before today's game, Ramirez refused to apologize to his
team, took a few shots at Gonzalez, and even pulled the Rodney
Dangerfield card, saying "I respect everybody. But I don't know if I
get the same respect back."
The D-backs return to Phoenix tomorrow for a two-game series with the San Francisco Giants.
You can see the game on Fox Sports Arizona, beginning at 6:40 p.m., or listen to it live on KTAR-620. For more info on the Diamondbacks, click here.