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Ramdom mid-game thoughts, NLCS Game 2

I didn't give you pregame lineups, but I do have these things for you:

* Ubaldo Jimenez throws hard. I have his strikeouts at 97, 99, 98, 96 and 99 mph. Throws that hard on the hands. Mark it down here. He'll be a stud in two years.

* Doug Davis does not, but it doesn't seem to matter. He's beating the Rockies upstairs with high heat -- high, 86-mph heat. Weird.

* Here's a line from Sheinin's gamer on the Sox-Tribe: "Including Friday night's game, Ortiz and Ramirez have reached base in 29 of their 36 postseason plate appearances -- an .805 on-base percentage. Combined with a 1.315 slugging percentage, it means their combined OPS is an otherworldly 2.121."

* The in-game stuff at Chase Field is just horrendous. They're basically treating the postseason as an extension of the regular season, with kids catching balls in the outfield between innings, etc. It really sucks the juice out of the stadium and takes the focus off the game. And regardless of whether the country is riveted by this series or not, these are important games.

* Doug Davis works really slow. I mean. Really. Really. Really. Sloooooooooooooooooooooow.

* Frank Robinson is here. Talked to him at length before the game. He's playing golf five times a week, which is not exactly shocking. I'll get some of his stuff on a variety of topics into the $.35 edition in coming days.

* Watched Livan Hernandez and Micah Owings taking batting practice today. Might as well have been Matt Holliday and Garrett Atkins. Given the D'Backs' feeble lineup, those two might end up pinch hitting in this series. They littered the seats in left field with line drives.

* Talked to some Nats guys at the Arizona Fall League today. Kory Casto, Garrett Mock, Justin Maxwell, etc. You'll see a story about that at some point in the $.35 edition, but I'll run out-takes from the interviews on the Journal, too.

* Tony Armas ... I mean, Doug Davis ... had 84 pitches through four innings.

* That'd be it for now. This game story's likely to end up on-line only, as -- have I mentioned this? -- Doug Davis is a fairly slow worker.

By Barry Svrluga  |  October 12, 2007; 11:54 PM ET
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Thanks Barry. Herges in the 6th. Early. Let's see if Arizona can capitalize. Lurkers, c'mon in, the blog is fine.

Posted by: Bob Zzzzl. Head | October 13, 2007 12:44 AM | Report abuse

As if the game wasn't going to end late enough, we're just entering the 11th inning. I wonder if I'm the only one up?

Posted by: NatsNut | October 13, 2007 2:22 AM | Report abuse

Yes, NatsNut and Bob Zzzzzzzzzl, perhaps you were the only ones up. Despite my own caffeine-loading efforts, it was not to be for me. Looks like our boy Jamey played a role late in this one. Will check out online gamer. Gooooooooo Rocks!! (Sorry Livo)

Thanks, Barry, for the updates. Will look forward to reading Frank tidbits and AZ Fall League items.

Posted by: natsfan1a | October 13, 2007 6:06 AM | Report abuse

Was listening to the DBacks radio broadcast of the game, and their announcers said something like you could force children to watch a "Double D" start. More effective than a lullaby.

Posted by: Geezer | October 13, 2007 9:03 AM | Report abuse

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