MILWAUKEE — The fan on the left in the photo above added a particularly cruel insult to the injury suffered by the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday night.
Right-hander Brad Ziegler, the player that Chokey McChokerson is taunting, had just turned in the worst inning of his life. In the playoffs. And it dearly cost the D-backs in a frustrating 9-4 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers, who took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five NLDS.
The raw stats don't do justice to Ziegler's meltdown, but check them out anyway: six batters faced, zero outs, four runs (all earned), three hits, two walks (one intentional and the other Yuniesky Betancourt!), a balk and a ridiculous error. He threw 13 pitches and all four strikes that he threw were hit by the Brewers.
The score was tied at four when Ziegler entered the game in the bottom of the sixth inning. By the time he left, the Brewers had put five runs on the board. The only reason his ERA for the series is 108.00 is because he got an out in Game 1. ...