Saturday in Baseball

KP WeeSenior Writer ISeptember 13, 2008

The fading Arizona Diamondbacks blew a ninth-inning lead, and then watched ex-friend Micah Owings stick a dagger into their hearts on Saturday night.

Nope. It wasn't Owings' pitching that seriously hampered Arizona's playoff chances. It was his hitting that carried the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-2, 10-inning victory in the desert.

Owings, who batted .333 last year in his rookie season, is currently hitting .302.

A part of the deal that sent former Reds slugger Adam Dunn to Arizona, Owings has not pitched at all for Cincinnati.

In fact, Saturday's appearance for Owings was his first in a Reds uniform, and he lined a pinch-double down the left field line with two outs in the 10th to score the go-ahead run from first base.

Arizona is now 72-75, 4 1/2 games behind the surging Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West with only 15 contests remaining.

The Dodgers look to win the West this year, but again, let's not get too excited. There are 13 teams in the big leagues who own a better record than L.A.'s 77-71 mark.

Yes, that includes Joe Girardi's New York Yankees (78-70), L.A. skipper Joe Torre's former team.

Heck, why not list them all here: Tampa Bay, Boston, Toronto, both New York teams, both Chicago teams, Minnesota, the L.A. Angels, Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Houston, and St. Louis.

But the Dodgers, barring a major meltdown, are heading to the postseason. Well, the alternative would be the D-Backs, but that's even worse.

A big story from L.A. on Saturday was the fact K-Rod broke the season-season save record, as the Angels beat the Seattle Mariners 5-2.

Francisco Rodriguez survived a minor scare in the ninth inning, as he allowed a double and walk to lead off the frame, with Ichiro Suzuki representing the tying run at the plate.

Rodriguez, however, got the final three outs, the last two on strikeouts, for save No. 58, surpassing the record Bobby Thigpen set back in 1990.

Just for the record, Thigpen saved 57 of the Chicago White Sox's 94 victories in '90. Of course, because the powerful Oakland A's won 103 games to lead the AL West, the ChiSox failed to make the postseason.

(The 1990 Boston Red Sox, this year's version of the L.A. Dodgers, won the AL East with a measily 88 victories. Yikes.)

Meanwhile, in San Diego, two teams that are worse than the Dodgers were battling it out on Saturday night. Why was this game of any interest? That's because the Giants' Tim Lincecum pitched his first major-league shutout, a four-hitter, as San Francisco beat the Padres 7-0.

It was Lincecum's 17th win to go with only three losses. The Padres managed just four singles off Lincecum, who fanned 12 to give himself a major-league leading 237.

Shall we say Cy Young for Lincecum?


**Not only does KP Wee writes for Bleacher Report, he’s also a published author. Check out his fiction novel, “Showing Their Scales”, on and**