Curt's line of 5 Ks and 2 BBs through 7+ IP isn't quite dominating. I think durring the 6th Inn they showed us the two pitchers ERA pitch count and balls/strikes breakdown.
I think part of this is the Dodgers having a lineup with hitters that have a good contact rate. Roberts, LoDuca, Cora, and Izturis all get the bat on the ball more often than not and are not prone to being struck out.
I was surprised that nothing was said in here about Randy's displeasure with Brenly the day before. For those that didn't hear about it, Johnson wasn't too happy with Brenly's visit to the mound in the 6th inning on opening day with Jordan batting and McGriff on deck. The reason for the visit was to remind Randy that the lefty McGriff might be a better option to pitch to if he wanted to walk Jordan. Johnson took offense to this and didn't like being treated like a normal pitcher.
The reason why I bring this up is because I thought maybe it influenced Brenly's decision not to go to the mound after Schilling walked Ward in the 8th. But then Brenly has given both Schilling and Johnson a long leash when it comes to giving them the hook in games. I think any of the other DBacks pitchers besides those two would've been heading towards the dugout after that walk. I'm not trying to 2nd guess Brenly here, just making an observation. With Johnson and Schilling, it seems like Brenly has to walk this fine line between winning the game, and keeping from pissing off the 2 star hurlers. Obviously from Johnson's reaction, it's something Brenly hasn't mastered yet. FWIW, I think Johnson was right in his criticism of Brenly, but making that criticism in front of a camera with a bunch of reporters around isn't the best way to air those feelings. A private talk with Brenly would have served him better.
Mantei sure was impressive. I can't ever remember him mixing up his fastball with his offspeed pitches like that, and I sure hope that's a glance at what's coming from him for the rest of the year. Last night he had electric stuff that kept the hitters from sitting on his fastball. His slider is a pitch that's going to pay big dividends if he continues to have the same kind of command with it that he did last night.
Koplove I always enjoy watching, but last night he seemed to work higher up in the strike zone than usual, and it had me a bit nervous. He's much more effective when he keeps the ball around the hitter's knees.
edit: Forgot to add something. The baserunning by the Diamondbacks was horrible at times. Eddie Rodriguez sending Bautista on the ball that got away from Beltre was particularly brutal to watch after he was thrown out by a mile at home. Thow in Finley's and Womack's baserunning errors, and this game might not have had to go to extra innings.