Thursday, August 12, 2010

One Game Is the Epitome of the Diamondbacks

The Diamondbacks are winning a bit more regularly these days. They are getting better pitching and they are playing some weaker teams with series against the Cubs and Brewers among the latest. Wednesday night's game against the Brewers just seemed like the perfect microcosm of the Diamondbacks.

First, they gave up back to back homers to Fielder and McGehee in the bottom of the second. But on this night, young Hudson was on the mound and that would be all he would give up the rest of the game. The game stayed 2-0 until the fourth inning. Then it got surreal.

Adam LaRoche came up and LaRoche is quietly having one of his best seasons. He deposited a long ball in the stands in deep right-center. Then Miguel Montero came up and he hit a homer to deep right. They had matched the Brewers back to back effort. But they weren't done. Mark Reynolds came up and hit a long one to deep left-center. That made it three in a row. But they weren't done yet. Stephen Drew came up and hit one to deep right. Four homers in a row! The Fan hadn't seen that since Boston did it to the Yankees a few years ago.

The D-Backs hit parade didn't stop there. They scored four more in the sixth when winning pitcher, Daniel Hudson (who is now 3-0 with Arizona), hit a big double that plated three runs. Hudson now has five RBIs in his three games with Arizona.

The game seemed to show the best and the worst of the Diamondbacks. They struck out eight times, but they walked five times. They hit four homers and hit into two double plays. They truly are a young team that is capable of amazing highs and really sour lows. Wednesday night the highs happened much more often than the lows.

As for the Brewers, this was just another loss in a season of too many of them. They struck out 12 times. They had a runner thrown out by an outfield assist. They had yet another bad start by their rotation (this one by Bush) and they simply look awful.

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