Think the Diamondbacks are frustrated?
Some of what bubbled beneath the surface in the team's woeful start erupted into the open in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers at Bank One Ballpark.
Manager Bob Brenly and Luis Gonzalez were ejected in the seventh inning as Arizona went 0-for-11 with men in scoring position and once again could not get a win from one of its aces.
“I've been on teams that have pitched bad, that have struggled hitting, that have struggled defensively, that have had calls go against you on a consistent basis, that have had breaks go against you,” losing pitcher Curt schilling said after the D-Backs fell to 2-9 for the season. “But I've never been on a team that has had it all happen at the same time.
“We're playing just bad enough to lose. It's tremendously frustrating. There's nothing you can do about it but show up tomorrow and kick the (stuffing) out of somebody. We've got to win. That's the answer to it. That's the only thing that's going to make us not frustrated.”
The franchise's worst start was 2-13 in 1998; that team was also 2-9 through 11 games.
For the first time since Arizona acquired Schilling in July 2000, the Diamondbacks have gone three turns through the rotation without Schilling (0-2) or Randy Johnson winning.
In fact, the Diamondbacks have gone 11 straight games without a win by a starting pitcher for the first time since June 20-July 1, 1999. Arizona's rotation is 0-7 with a 6.23 ERA, averaging fewer than 5 2/3 innings per game.
Schilling, who lost his final two starts last season, has dropped four straight decisions for the first time since June 23-July 8, 1995.
He issued four walks — one scored — and has nine walks in three starts this season. Schilling didn't issue his ninth walk last year until June 8 and had not had nine walks in a three-game span since May 2000.
Brenly, who was ejected for the sixth time in his managerial career, was obviously upset with Joe Brinkman's home-plate umpiring Friday and implied the same of Derryl Cousins on Saturday.
Brenly said of Schilling, “I thought his command was tremendous.” Told that Schilling walked four men, Brenly repeated the line: “I thought his command was tremendous.”
Gonzalez was thumbed in the bottom of the seventh, after Cousins ruled Gonzalez did not check his swing. That meant a strikeout and ending the inning with Tony Womack stranded at second base.
After a couple of choice words, Cousins ejected Gonzalez, who then had to be restrained by coaches Eddie Rodriguez and Glenn Sherlock. It was Gonzalez's first ejection as a Diamondback.
Gonzalez said he was upset that Cousins did not appeal to the third-base umpire and made “kind of a delayed call.”
“Call it frustration or whatever you want,” Gonzalez said, “the bottom line is I was just (ticked) off out there.”
Gonzalez's spot came up after David Dellucci walked with two out in the ninth inning, but Quinton McCracken hit an easy fly ball, dropping his average to .059.
Brenly argued with first-base umpire Mike DiMuro in the top of the seventh after DiMuro ruled that second baseman Carlos Baerga came off first base catching a throw from third baseman Matt Williams on Eric Young's seventh-inning bunt.
“I just thought that was a call that hurt us right there,” Brenly said. “Replays showed that he missed the call.”
The Diamondbacks escaped the resulting bases-loaded, no-out jam — to hold their deficit at 3-2 — when Oscar Villarreal, Mike Myers and Mike Koplove came out of the bullpen to strike out a batter each.
Milwaukee's Matt Kinney (1-1) earned his fifth major-league win by striking out six in 5 2/3 innings. It was Kinney's first major-league win since June 8, 2002, and his first on the road since Sept. 8, 2000, for Minnesota at Seattle.
Arizona has scored first in just three of its 11 games and is batting .181 with men in scoring position.