It almost seemed like 2010 again the way the Arizona Diamondbacks David Hernandez blew what some considered an insurmountable lead with Hernandez and the supposedly closer J.J Putz coming into the game into the 9th inning to save the game. The only person needed saving tonight was Hernandez, who gave up 5 runs without recording an out in the 8th inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Dbacks 8-5.
Hernandez really struggled with his command and when he did throw strikes, they were hit hard. He entered the 8th inning with a 5-3 lead after starter Daniel Hudson pitched a pretty good game. The Dbacks really piled on the hits and unfortunately Hernandez's effort overshadowed that of Dbacks first baseman Juan Miranda, who had his first career 4-hit game, which included a solo home run. What a shame.
I can't complain too much because of what Hernandez has accomplished up until this point, but this one outing easily erases the memory of those outings because of what was on the line. Now with a San Francisco Giants victory this evening, the Dbacks would fall 2 games out of first behind them.
Until the Dbacks can learn how to consistently win games on the road, they will not win a division title, despite being in the NL West. Game 2 of the series is at the same time tomorrow at 4:05 pm. Let's hope the Dbacks remember to bring their 2011 bullpen with them to the game.