Bad, bad inning leads to D-backs loss to Brewers in Game 2 of NLDS

Oct 3, 2011, 1:08 AM | Updated: 3:55 am

The Arizona Diamondbacks can look to the bottom of the sixth inning of their 9-4 Game 2 National League Division Series loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.

In the inning before Justin Upton hit a deep shot to the left field seats to tie the game 4-4.

Starting pitcher Daniel Hudson started the inning and after getting a ground out gave up a double.

Enter Brad Ziegler. Enter bad inning.

Ziegler starts it off by committing a balk and walking Yuniesky Betancourt.

“I honestly don’t know what he called. I didn’t ask him about it,” said Ziegler of the balk call. “I didn’t feel like I balked. I felt my (front) foot came down on top of the rubber, so I felt I was clear of my back foot at that point. It didn’t matter after that.”

The Brewers then ran a successful squeeze play.

The Diamondbacks were not ready for it. Ziegler fields the ball and throws it past catcher Miguel Montero. A Brewer scores and the baserunners end up on second base.

Just in case you’re wondering, Paul Goldschmidt was late on crashing and even if Ziegler didn’t go home with it he wouldn’t have been able to get an out because Aaron Hill wouldn’t have covered first base in time.

“It’s a free RBI if you execute and I really work hard to get that down,” Brewer Jonathan Lucroy said. “A safety squeeze, all you’ve got to do is get it down to the right area.”

At this point Ziegler had to be thinking he couldn’t do anything right.

Maybe it was just a bad day on the bump or maybe those two plays flustered him. Either way, the next four Brewers reached base while facing Ziegler. He never did record an out.

By the time manager Kirk Gibson removed Ziegler from the game the Brewers had pushed the game out of reach at 9-4. Two other Diamondback relievers came in, Joe Paterson and Bryan Shaw, and got the team out of the inning.

“It was crazy,” Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero said. “I didn’t even get a chance to second-guess myself. It was like, ‘OK, here we go – boom, boom, boom, boom.’ I’m like, ‘What’s going on over here?'”

Bottom of 6:

Brewers sixth. R.Weeks grounded out, shortstop Bloomquist to first baseman Goldschmidt. Hairston Jr. doubled to left. Ziegler pitching. On Ziegler’s balk, Hairston Jr. to third. Y.Betancourt walked on four pitches. Lucroy safe at second on a sacrifice plus pitcher Ziegler’s throwing error, Hairston Jr. scored, Y.Betancourt to third. Kotsay pinch-hitting for Saito. Kotsay was intentionally walked. Hart singled to center, Y.Betancourt scored, Lucroy to third, Kotsay to second. Morgan singled to center, Lucroy scored, Kotsay scored, Hart to third. Braun singled to center, Hart scored, Morgan to second. Paterson pitching. Fielder struck out. Shaw pitching. R.Weeks grounded into fielder’s choice, second baseman A.Hill unassisted, Braun out.

Runs: 5, Hits: 4

An inning the Diamondbacks will quickly need to forget about.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Tommy Henry #47 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches during the first inning of the game against the...
Arizona Sports

LHP Henry optioned as D-backs key in on final starting candidates

The Diamondbacks optioned Tommy Henry to Triple-A on Monday, whittling down their options to cement the backend of their starting rotation.
19 hours ago
Starting pitcher Merrill Kelly #29 of Team USA throws a warm-up pitch during the first inning of th...
Alex Weiner

D-backs’ Merrill Kelly set up to start World Baseball Classic final for Team USA

Team USA "looks like" it will turn to Diamondbacks starting pitcher Merrill Kelly in the World Baseball Classic final on Tuesday. 
19 hours ago
Paul Goldschmidt #46 of Team USA celebrates with Moookie Betts #3 after hitting a two-run home run ...
Associated Press

Turner, Goldschmidt lead Team USA to WBC final with win vs. Cuba

Defending champion United States romped over Cuba 14-2 on Sunday night to reach its second straight World Baseball Classic final.
2 days ago
David Peralta #6 and Eduardo Escobar #5 of the Arizona Diamondbacks celebrate after scoring on a si...
Haboob Blog

Former D-backs OF David Peralta rekindles Eduardo Escobar’s cat fear with Team Venezuela

David Peralta had some fun with Eduardo Escobar's fear of cats when they were teammates with the Diamondbacks.
19 hours ago
Brandon Pfaadt #90 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches in the second inning against the Cincinnati ...
Kellan Olson

Diamondbacks reassign Brandon Pfaadt, send Seth Beer to Triple-A

The Arizona Diamondbacks made 11 roster moves on Sunday that cut their spring training roster down to 40.
2 days ago
United States' Mookie Betts (3) is congratulated by teammates after he scored on a throwing error b...
Associated Press

Team USA comes from behind to defeat Venezuela, advance to WBC semis

Trea Turner hit a grand slam in the eighth inning that lifted the United States over Venezuela 9-7 Saturday night and into the WBC semis.
3 days ago
Bad, bad inning leads to D-backs loss to Brewers in Game 2 of NLDS