I just had an interesting game. It was a pitchers duel between Victor Santos and Brandom Webb.
Webb was just shutting me down. Santos gave up a run and was done after 6 innings. In the 7th, Carlos Lee led the inning off with a double.
Geoff Jenkins struck out (what a suprise!).
Russell Branyan comes up, hits a broken-bat shot down the first base line which is snared for an out by a diving Chad Tracy. Lee had started towards third so I had to send him back. Tracy fired the ball to second from his knees while kneeling in the first base coaches box, but his errant throw gets past Alex Cintron into left center field.
Once Lee gets up from sliding back into second I send him around to third, and just about as he reaches third Luis Gonzalez fields the ball and tosses it back into the infield. I decided to be gutsy and send Lee towards home, figuring with my #7 hitter up and two outs I'd rather take the chance now and see what happens with Gonzalez's weak arm. Gonzalez got the ball to Cintron, and Cintron got it to the catcher, but Lee slid to the visitor's dugout side of the plate and beat the throw to score a run and tie the game at 1-1.
Andy Pratt pitched 2 scoreless frames in relief of Santos, and in the bottom of the 8th after Arizona pinch-hit for Brandon Webb, Mike Fetters was pitching and gave up a first pitch fastball home run to Bill Hall. A Mark Loretta home run 2 batters later made the score 3-1 and Ricky Bottalico nailed it down in the 9th for his 25th save.
It was actually kind of fun to have a close game for once, I'd been winning a lot of games 11-0, 12-1 lately, lol.