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 www.azcentral.com 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.