PHOENIX (AP) -- Kevin Gryboski was wearing a gray bandage. It
might as well have been a red flag.
Told he could not pitch with the protective wrap on his left
wrist, the Atlanta reliever left Saturday night's game against
Arizona in the seventh inning after allowing two batters to reach
"I said, 'Why did you wait that long to make that decision?'''
Gryboski (1-2) said about his conversation with umpire crew chief
Tim McClelland 15 pitches into his appearance. "I got a guy out, I
walked a guy and gave up a hit, so why wait until then. He said he
didn't see it.''
Pitchers are not allowed to show any white other than what's on
their uniforms. Apparently, Gryboski's bandage was too close to
McClelland said Gryboski had the option to remove the wrap and
stay in the game, but the pitcher was trying to protect a sore spot
after taking a liner off the bat of Houston's Richard Hidalgo on
The umpires' insistence that Gryboski make a change or leave
enraged Braves manager Bobby Cox, who had nobody warming up at the
Bong was allowed all the time he needed to get ready, but the
Diamondbacks immediately rallied against the left-hander. Bong gave
up a tying double to Williams, and McCracken followed with his
run-scoring single to make it 7-6.
"They said they noticed when he took his glove off, like that
makes a difference in the ballgame,'' Cox said. "It's amazing that
hitters can wear tank armor and a pitcher can't even wear a piece
Arizona manager Bob Brenly, tossed in the first inning by plate
umpire C.B. Bucknor, could only laugh.
"He had it on the first two batters,'' Brenly said. "It's a
good thing his hat wasn't on fire.''
Oscar Villarreal (2-2) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings for the
victory. Matt Mantei worked a perfect ninth for his fifth save in
six chances -- one night after giving up a go-ahead homer to Rafael Furcal in the 11th inning.
Pinch-hitter Junior Spivey hit a two-run homer in the sixth to
pull the Diamondbacks to 6-5.
Fick homered off Schilling in the third and added a
run-scoring single against Stephen Randolph in the sixth.
"Both sides swung the bat good,'' Jones said. "We got out of a
couple of jams, but they ended up on top.''
Schilling yielded five runs on eight hits and three walks,
throwing 108 pitches in five innings of his first outing since
The right-hander experienced abdominal pain while running the
bases in that game. Two days later, he had an appendectomy in St.
Louis and went on the disabled list.
"Physically, I didn't have any problems at all,'' Schilling
said. "I felt like my control was pretty good.''
The Braves lost for only the third time in 18 games and had
their eight-game road winning streak snapped.
Williams, batting for Tony Womack, doubled inside third base on
the first pitch from Bong, who threw two scoreless innings to earn
the victory the night before.
McCracken, a defensive replacement in the sixth, singled to
right-center on the next pitch.
Atlanta starter Russ Ortiz allowed five of his six hits in the
first two innings, when the Diamondbacks took a 3-0 lead.
Schilling had a problem with Bucknor's strike zone in the first
inning. When Brenly got involved, Bucknor ejected him.
Andruw Jones moved into a tie with Todd Helton for the NL
lead in RBIs (29). ... The Diamondbacks optioned reserve C Robby Hammock to Triple-A Tucson to make room on the roster for
Schilling. ... The Braves placed RF Gary Sheffield on bereavement
leave while he attends a funeral in Chicago and recalled OF Ryan Langerhans from Double-A Greenville. ... Barajas has five straight
multihit games. ... The Diamondbacks plan to place RHP Byung-Hyun Kim on the 15-day disabled list with a sore right ankle. He was hit
by the barrel of a broken bat April 14 and will miss his next
scheduled start Monday against Philadelphia.