The good news Friday night? The San Francisco Giants lost to the Philadelphia Phillies. The bad news? The Arizona Diamondbacks once again failed to control sole possession of first place by losing to the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-4. Dbacks starter Josh Collmenter went only 2.1 innings. His days as a starter, at least in 2011, are probably over.
It’s fair to say Collmenter no longer is fooling hitters. He got ripped hard in the third inning, giving up six runs in all. He was replaced by Micah Owings, who once again proved his worth, giving up just two hits in 4.2 innings.
The Dbacks had their chances to tie or take the lead, none greater than the seventh inning. They loaded the bases with no one out with a run already in. Then the Dbacks sent Cody Ransom up to hit for Kelly Johnson. Mistake number one. Then Justin Upton came up after the 15th pitcher change (or what it seemed like). He was over-agressive, but hit a 2-2 pitch hard to Dodgers shortstop Dee Gordon, who doubled up the runner on second to end the inning. Threat over.
The Dbacks don’t lose ground on Friday, but they have probably lost Collmenter in the rotation. I expect him to be relegated to the bullpen. It was a nice run, but players have figured him out. Now the Dbacks just have to figure out how to beat the Dodgers in the remaining two games of the series.