PHOENIX (AP) -- Duaner Sanchez was an ill-advised marksman
throwing his glove, pitcher Javier Vazquez slugged his first career
home run to tie the game, Kelly Stinnett returned to his old team
to get the winning RBI without lifting the bat off his shoulder.
And the Dodgers argued that a call leading to the final run was
It was a strange Saturday night at Bank One Ballpark, where the
Arizona Diamondbacks rallied to beat Los Angeles 5-4.
Giovanni Carrara walked Stinnett with the bases loaded in the
ninth inning to bring home the winning run.
Tony Clark led off the ninth with his 200th career double, off
the wall above the 407-foot sign in center field. Shawn Green was
walked intentionally, then Luis Terrero, attempting a sacrifice
bunt, was safe when second baseman Jeff Kent, covering first,
dropped the throw.
The Dodgers argued that the throw hit Terrero and he was outside
the baseline. Therefore, the Dodgers said, Terrero should have been
out and the runners not allowed to advance.
"It did hit him. The explanation that we got was that the
runner was running in the running lane, which the replay clearly
shows he was not," Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said. "He was in the
Carrara was even more adamant, adding that not only did home
plate umpire Terry Craft miss the call on Terrero, he was all wrong
on his calls in Stinnett's at-bat.
"I know we cannot say too many things about that, but sometimes
you have to let it out," Carrara said. "I thought I threw three
pitches right there for strikes, I don't even get one. The only
strike I get was a low pitch, everything else was balls."
Stinnett, who just joined his old team earlier in the day from
Triple-A Tucson, walked on a 3-1 count without taking a swing.
"I didn't see any pitches I liked," Stinnett said, "so I just
kept the bat on my shoulder."
The Diamondbacks tied it at 4-all with two runs in the seventh,
thanks to a bizarre play followed by Vazquez's first career home
With one out, Terrero hit a high chopper over the mound.
Inexplicably, reliever Sanchez threw his glove at the ball, and
impressively enough, hit it. Terrero reached first, then was
awarded two more bases because Sanchez threw the glove. According
to the Elias Sports Bureau, Terrero is awarded a triple on the
"That's a first," Clark said. "You play the game long enough,
you're liable to see some things you haven't seen before. That
would be one of them."
Sanchez said he knew throwing the glove was against the rules.
"I'm the type of guy who has too much Adrenalin," Sanchez
said. "... I overreacted on the play. That's about it."
As for Vazquez's homer, Sanchez said, "one pitch that I missed
in two innings, that's what you get."
Terrero scored on pinch-hitter Chad Tracy's groundout, then
Vazquez hit Sanchez's 0-1 pitch over the wall in left-center, the
first homer by an Arizona pitcher since Randy Johnson hit one on
Sept. 19, 2003. Vazquez's teammates goaded him into stepping out of
the dugout for a curtain call in front of the raucous crowd.
"I don't know man, I just hit it," Vazquez said. "I knew I
hit it well, but I thought it was a double or something."
Manager Bob Melvin said he let Vazquez hit with two outs in the
seventh because he wanted him to get a chance to win the game. But
when Vazquez tied it, Melvin decided he didn't want him to lose it,
so he brought in Javier Lopez.
Lance Cormier (3-0) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings to get the
victory. Carrara (4-2) failed to get an out in the ninth.
J.D. Drew was 3-for-4 with a two-run homer for the Dodgers, who
led 4-2 after six innings thanks to a strong outing by 24-year-old
left-hander Derek Thompson in his major league debut.
Thompson, 24, was called up from Double-A Jacksonville to take
the start for the injury-plagued Dodgers. He allowed two runs and
two hits over five innings, striking out four and walking four. He
gave up only a double to Luis Gonzalez in the first and a single to
Terrero in the second.
Vazquez ran his streak of consecutive innings without a walk to
46, breaking the club record of 44 set by Curt Schilling in 2002.
He has faced 183 batters without a walk, also a club mark. Vazquez
gave up four runs on 10 hits in seven innings, striking out four.
Arizona's Troy Glaus was tossed by Craft when he slammed his bat
and helmet to the ground after striking out to end the eighth
Arizona CF Jose Cruz Jr. was a late scratch because of a
sore lower back. ... Thompson is the sixth Dodger to make his major
league debut this season, but the team's first starting pitcher to
do so since Edwin Jackson on Sept. 9, 2003. ... For the second
night in a row, the roof was closed after eight innings because of
a dust storm.