Former Bama Baseball Ace Earns First Major League Win

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Thursday, July 29, 2004

Lance Cormier
Lance Cormier

HOUSTON, Texas -- Former University of Alabama All-American Lance Cormier recorded his first major league victory as the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the Houston Astros, 6-4, to gain a split of the four-game series.

Making his third career start and second since being recalled from the minor leagues, Cormier (1-2) allowed three runs - two earned - and eight hits in six innings with a walk and five strikeouts.

"I felt really good out there," said Cormier, who came in with a 14.73 ERA. "My arm felt good. I was relaxed and I think I am going to get more relaxed out there with every start. Even when the situations got a little tougher, I felt good and was able to stay in control."

The Diamondbacks, who snapped a 14-game losing streak in the series opener, also took advantage of shortstop Adam Everett's costly error in the fifth to
win for only the second time in 17 games.

"It's nice to get a split," Arizona left fielder Luis Gonzalez said. "We're not in the race, so it's nice to come out and play spoiler a little bit. It's
good to win two out of four, knowing they need the wins more than we do."

Cormier, a 23-year-old righthander, was staked to a 3-0 lead before he took the mound as Gonzalez, Shea Hillenbrand and Alex Cintron delivered consecutive
RBI singles off Tim Redding in the top of the first.

Cormier gave up a double to Craig Biggio and walked Everett to start the bottom of the first, but got out of the jam allowing only one run.

"He did a good job and kept us in the game," Arizona manager Al Pedrique said. "He gave us the six innings we needed from him and I thought he got better
as the game went on."

The Lafayette, La., native becomes the first player from the University of Alabama to record a big league win since Greg Hibbard earned a win for the
Seattle Mariners in 1994.

The Diamondbacks took advantage of Everett's error to tack on three unearned runs in the fifth, opening a 6-1 cushion on Hillenbrand's two-run home run.
Houston appeared to be out of the inning, but Everett threw away Gonzalez's two-out grounder, allowing Chad Tracy to score.

"It was a bad throw," Everett said. "If I make the throw there, it gets us out of the inning and who knows what happens after that. Obviously, we could
have won the game, but hindsight is 20-20."

Redding (4-7) surrendered six runs - three earned - and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings.

"This is not what I had in mind, to tell you the truth," Astros manager Phil Garner said. "I thought we kept giving ourselves opportunities but we just
couldn't cash in."

Cormier gave up three straight hits to start the bottom of the fifth, including an RBI single to Carlos Beltran. But with runners on the corners and no
outs, he got Lance Berkman to ground into a double play as the Diamondbacks conceded a run.

"It's always about pitch location," Cormier added. "That is the whole thing. If you are locating the pitches where you want them and then you choose the
wrong pitch, you can still have a chance."

Greg Aquino recorded his second save, despite giving up a solo homer to Biggio in the ninth.

Note: The Arizona Diamondbacks and MLB.COM contrbuited to this story.


 
                   1  2  3   4  5  6   7  8  9     R  H  E
                    -  -  -   -  -  -   -  -  -     -  -  -
ARIZONA             3  0  0   0  3  0   0  0  0     6 13  1
HOUSTON             1  0  0   0  2  0   0  0  1     4  9  1      (FINAL)
 
BATTERIES: ARI - LANCE CORMIER, MIKE KOPLOVE (7TH), GREG AQUINO (9TH) AND JUAN BRITO
 
           HOU - TIM REDDING, MIKE GALLO (6TH), CHAD HARVILLE
                 (7TH), BRAD LIDGE (9TH) AND RAUL CHAVEZ
 
 
            WP - LANCE CORMIER (1-2)
            LP - TIM REDDING (4-7)
          SAVE - GREG AQUINO (2)
 
HOME RUNS: ARI - SHEA HILLENBRAND (11) OFF TIM REDDING IN THE 5TH, 1 ON
 
           HOU - CRAIG BIGGIO (16) OFF GREG AQUINO IN THE 9TH, 0 ON
 
     TIME: 2:58     ATT: 39,758
 
ARIZONA (6) VS HOUSTON (4) - FINAL

ARIZONA                ab  r  h rbi bb so lob   avg
Q McCracken rf          4  1  2  0   1  0   0  .256
C Tracy 3b              5  1  2  0   0  0   2  .275
S Finley cf             4  1  0  0   1  2   4  .275
L Gonzalez lf           5  2  2  1   0  0   1  .266
S Hillenbrand 1b        5  1  3  3   0  0   1  .309
A Cintron ss            5  0  3  1   0  1   1  .253
S Hairston 2b           4  0  0  0   0  1   3  .256
 M Koplove p            0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000
 a-C Baerga ph          1  0  0  0   0  1   2  .160
 G Aquino p             0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000
J Brito c               4  0  0  0   0  1   2  .176
L Cormier p             3  0  1  0   0  1   0  .250
 R Alomar 2b            1  0  0  0   0  0   0  .281
Totals                 41  6 13  5   2  7  16

a-struck out swinging for M Koplove in the 9th.

BATTING: 2B - C Tracy (19, T Redding); Q McCracken (4, C Harville). HR - S
Hillenbrand (11, 5th inning off T Redding 1 on, 2 Out). RBI - L Gonzalez (47),
S Hillenbrand 3 (50), A Cintron (30). 2-out RBI - S Hillenbrand 2. Runners left
in scoring position, 2 out - J Brito 1, S Finley 2, C Baerga 1, C Tracy 1. Team
LOB - 10.
FIELDING: E - S Hairston (4, ground ball). PB - J Brito. DP: 1 (A Cintron-S
Hillenbrand).

HOUSTON                ab  r  h rbi bb so lob   avg
C Biggio lf             5  3  3  1   0  1   2  .304
A Everett ss            4  1  1  0   1  0   3  .275
C Beltran cf            4  0  1  1   0  1   2  .259
L Berkman rf            4  0  0  1   0  2   1  .302
J Kent 2b               3  0  0  0   0  0   1  .290
J Bagwell 1b            4  0  2  0   0  0   1  .269
M Ensberg 3b            4  0  1  0   0  1   2  .268
R Chavez c              3  0  1  0   0  2   3  .198
 b-J Vizcaino ph        1  0  0  0   0  0   0  .291
T Redding p             2  0  0  0   0  1   3  .148
 M Gallo p              0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000
 a-O Palmeiro ph        1  0  0  0   0  0   1  .225
 C Harville p           0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000
 B Lidge p              0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000
 c-M Lamb ph            1  0  0  0   0  0   0  .316
Totals                 36  4  9  3   1  8  19

a-grounded to second for M Gallo in the 6th;  b-flied out to center for R
Chavez in the 9th;  c-flied out to left for B Lidge in the 9th.
 
BATTING: 2B - C Biggio 2 (28, L Cormier 2). HR - C Biggio (16, 9th inning off G
Aquino 0 on, 2 Out). RBI - L Berkman (64), C Beltran (21), C Biggio (39). 2-out
RBI - C Biggio. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - A Everett 2, T
Redding 1, O Palmeiro 1, J Kent 1. GIDP - L Berkman. Team LOB - 7.
BASERUNNING: SB - A Everett (12, 2nd base off L Cormier/J Brito), J Bagwell
(2, 2nd base off L Cormier/J Brito).
FIELDING: E - A Everett (9, throw).

ARIZONA                      ip       h   r  er  bb  so  hr    era
L Cormier (W, 1-2)            6       8   3   2   1   5   0   9.45
M Koplove (H, 12)             2       0   0   0   0   3   0   5.09
G Aquino (S, 2)               1       1   1   1   0   0   1   3.75

HOUSTON                      ip       h   r  er  bb  so  hr    era
T Redding (L, 4-7)            5 2/3   9   6   3   2   3   1   5.60
M Gallo                         1/3   0   0   0   0   1   0   4.40
C Harville                    2       2   0   0   0   2   0   5.70
B Lidge                       1       2   0   0   0   1   0   2.37
 
WP - T Redding, L Cormier. HBP - J Kent (by M Koplove). Pitches-strikes: L
Cormier 99-59; M Koplove 23-15; G Aquino 11-6; T Redding 114-75; M Gallo 3-3; C
Harville 39-28; B Lidge 14-9. Ground balls-fly balls: L Cormier 7-6; M Koplove
2-1; G Aquino 0-3; T Redding 6-8; M Gallo 0-0; C Harville 3-1; B Lidge 1-1.
Batters faced: L Cormier 27; M Koplove 7; G Aquino 4; T Redding 29; M Gallo 1;
C Harville 8; B Lidge 5.

UMPIRES: HP--John Hirschbeck. 1B--Wally Bell. 2B--Laz Diaz. 3B--Bill Welke.
Courtsey of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Major League Baseball ...


 

 

     
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