Tuesday, May 10, 2005

The other side of Paradise

Yesterday, there was much consternation over the umpiring in the final game of the San Francisco series. See, e.g., Chris.

Last night, Luis Gonzalez of the opposing Arizona Diamondbacks was ejected for arguing balls and strikes, and then his manager, Bob Melvin, subsequently got the boot.


I listened to the game on XM Satellite Radio, and the ejections occurred a few moments before I fell asleep. (The last thing I remember is Church's homer.) The Arizona radio announcers were . . . well, they weren't happy when Gonzo and Melvin were run. One of them said, "Hmmm, looks like Robinson set the bait [by arguing earlier; F-Robby wasn't ejected], and our guys got caught in it."

For what it's worth, D-Backs blog
Random Fandom has filed no fan's protest over the incident and racks it up under the general category of "frustration":

The even-worse news: The Diamondbacks just aren't scoring any runs. Livan Hernandez gave up eight hits and six walks in his seven innings of work, and still the Diamondbacks couldn't put together more than 3 runs. [. . . ] And it makes you wonder whether the ejections of Gonzo and Melvin in the 5th inning arguing balls and strikes with one out and the bases loaded was just a one-off occurrence, or if it's a sign of something deeper. We're certainly not dreaming about how pathetic the team has been thus far with the bases loaded -- the D-Backs are last in the NL with an abysmal .125 BA/.156 SLG with the bases
loaded. The .47 runs/AB (not PA) is worst in the NL, too. The D-Backs are doing slightly better with runners in scoring position 10th in BA (.245) and 13th in SLG (.385), but clearly the team has had its troubles thus far clumping together its runs, even though they rank 2nd in the NL in plate appearances with runners in scoring position and 5th in plate appearances with the bases loaded. In other words, thus far Counsell and Gonzo have done their job, while Glaus and Green haven't quite. While getting ejected in the 5th inning of a close game was not the wisest of choices on Gonzo's part, I can understand his frustration.

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