A very uneventful night behind the plate for Cuzzi. Because the Dodgers went with the RH hitter heavy line-up, Cuzzi only made six ball/strike calls against LH hitters for D'Back pitching. Not a lot of work and it resulted in perfect ORSZ and OLAZ scores. Likewise, Cuzzi was very consistent elsewhere. His zone very much resembled his crew-mate Will Little's zone from last night, although Cuzzi didn't seem to have quite as low of a zone which is a good thing. In total, Cuzzi only called two strikes that were technically low and out of the zone. The only pitches that were inconsistent with his strike-zone were: Strike 2 to Rollins in the seventh inning (0-1 count, 1 out, nobody on, LI 1.11)
Technically on the very edge of the Adjusted Strike-Zone, but as far out as Cuzzi called a strike to RH's for the game. Interestingly, Cuzzi only made two strike calls in the larger Adjusted Strike-Zone outside corner to LH hitters and they were both to Jake Lamb. I'm not sure if it is coincidence or something with his stance (most likely just perfect locations), but Cuzzi wasn't necessarily giving that corner yet both Frias and Yimi got these calls: Strike 2 to Lamb in the third inning (0-1 count, 1 out, nobody on, LI 0.59)
Strike 1 to Lamb in the eighth inning (1-0 count, 0 out, nobody on, LI 1.35)
One other low gift benefitted the Dodgers: Strike 2 to Pennington in the seventh (3-1 count, 2 outs, runner at 2B, LI 2.26)
Finally, the last questionable call from Cuzzi was: Ball 1 to Ahmed in the ninth inning (0-0 count, 1 out, nobody on, LI 0.83)
It wasn't that far off the corner, and within the Adjusted SZ, but in Cuzzi's defense it was Jansen's nasty slider and probably broke another six inches between the time it crossed the front of the plate and hit Grandal's glove (f/x data suggests it broke 10 inches). A very good game for Cuzzi following up Little's interesting but consistent game last night. We'll see if their crew-mate Gerry Davis can make it a solid series with his time behind the plate tonight.
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