My boy Micah Owings gets his act together

I’ve blogged a few times about Diamondbacks rookie starting pitcher Micah Owings.  I feel like I have a special interest in him and his success;  I’ve followed his progress since he was drafted from Tulane (where I went to college).  Plus, he’s vocal about being a Christian (but not stagey, fakey, pre-planned soundbite vocal), which I love.

He started this season like a house afire, jumping out to a 5-1 record with an ERA in the low-3s.  Then, he had a string of Very Bad Starts, and dropped to a 5-5 record.  Several of his starts, he didn’t even get into the 5th inning.  For at least two of those starts, he did awfully, but the team came back and got the win.

Last night, he did great.  He went six innings, gave up one run, and got two hits and an RBI to boot.  He did get into trouble in the 5th inning — one of the most tense innings that I’ve watched all season.  He started walking guys, giving up hits, and loaded the bases.  If it wasn’t for Chris Young’s Sportscenter-worthy over-the-fence catch of the would-be grand slam by Mike Cameron, Owings would have most likely gotten, at best, a no decision, because if that hit would have sailed only six inches further out, the score would have been tied at 5-5.  (Thanks to for that pic.)

Then, Jose Valverde, who has been extremely reliable, gave up a game-tying two-run homer in the bottom of the 9th, and blew both the save, and Owing’s chance for a win.  Rats.  In one of the HUGE injustices of baseball rules, since the D’backs came back with the win in the 11th inning, while Valverde was the pitcher of record, Valverde gets the win.  Micah SO deserved it.

Well, at least he lowered his ERA below 5.  He upped his batting average to .235, which is 12th among all D’backs players with 30 or more at-bats.  And, at least he didn’t get another loss.  At least he got through the 6th inning.  ~sigh~  I just would so have loved him to up that record to 6-5.


About Karen Joy

I'm a partially-homeschooling mother of six -- 3 boys ages 19, 17 and 15 years old, and three girls: 11, 8, and 3. I like birding, reading, writing, organic gardening, singing, playing guitar, hiking, the outdoors, and books. I very casually lead a very large group of homeschooling families in the Phoenix area. I have a dear hubby who designs homes for a local home builder and who is the worship pastor of our church. I live in the desert, which I used to hate, but now appreciate.

Posted on August 2, 2007, in Arizona, Baseball, Christianity, Sports Stuff. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I don’t follow the NL until after the all-star break. I did watch a game at the beginning of the season and pretty much wrote them off as being as bad as they have been (it was really one of the worst games I’ve ever seen). They are definitely impressive now.

  2. Yeah, when you see a game when the D’backs lose, they lose in mightily embarrassing fashion. But when they’re good, they’re a wonder to watch. And, thankfully, they’re good much more often than they’re bad. Thus, they lead the NL West by 2 games? 2 1/2 games? (Don’t know the outcome of last night’s Padres game.)

  3. Micah is amazing, and will be a star starting pitcher for years to come, hopefully with the D-backs. The boy can pitch and the boy can HIT, they would be stupid to let him go.

  4. Thanks for the comment, Kimberly. I, of course, am really hopeful, too, that he will remain with the Dbacks. Thankfully, the organization seems to really value growing their own players “at home,” and this year, that has been shown to have worked really well!! So, it’s my guess/hope that the management will keep him! Micah is one more example of the organizations really stellar farm team system.

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