Remember that optimism I was talking about this morning? Well, it’s still there and now the Arizona Diamondbacks are 1-0.
Dan Haren labored a little in the early going, however he pitched seven solid innings, setting down 15 batters in a row at one point, en route to a 6-3 win over the San Diego Padres.
The Arizona offense showed up for the most part as advertised. Mark Reynolds homered and walked twice, showing his patience. He knows that pitchers are going to less often throw him strikes. Also homering today was Stephen Drew. However, Drew did it a little more unconventionally. His was an inside job. An inside the park two-run homer for Drew on opening day, surely something he will remember forever.
The only down spot was the relief appearance by Bob Howry. After getting the first two batters out in the ninth, he gave up back-to-back homers to the Padres’ Adrian Gonzalez and Kyle Banks. It was something Dbacks fans have become accustomed to, a bullpen let down. Howry was able to get the final out with a line drive to second baseman Kelly Johnson and it was all said and done.
It was nice to hear of the sellout of 49,192 fans today. I will not be surprised to see a big drop-off on that number tomorrow, but lets keep supporting this team. We have some exciting things to see this season from our offense and it started today.
Next game is tomorrow night at Chase Field at 6:40pm.