After the third inning today, I almost quit on this team and turned the channel. It was going to be a disappointing end to the weekend for the Arizona Diamondbacks, losing two out of three to the Pittsburgh Pirates. However, it is still early and I wasn’t going to let the Dbacks ruin my day. They made so many comebacks this year ( I even thought they might last night), I figured I would hang around. Quitting only made me a bad fan. Boy am I glad I stuck around.
In a franchise record 13 run fourth inning, the Dbacks roughed up the Pirates en route to a 15-6 win at Chase Field to wrap up their first homestand of the season. Catcher Chris Snyder, filling in for injured Miguel Montero, made the most of his first start in his place, going 2-5 with a home run, double and 5 RBI. You can’t ask for a much better result. Also, center fielder Chris Young continued his hot bat, hitting a three run homer early in the fourth to give the Dbacks the lead for good.
Starting pitched Edwin Jackson, who also hit a home run and a single, struggled on the mound up until the big inning. He seemed to settle down a bit after that. Jackson actually pitched worse than he did in his loss on Tuesday night to the San Diego Padres, however with the huge lead as a cushion, he settled in and got his first victory as a Diamondback.
Everyone in the lineup contributed in one way or another and it was nice to see. After Pittsburgh started out with a 4-2 lead and the Dbacks only having one hit through the first three innings, it looked as if Arizona was headed to Los Angeles on Tuesday with a .500 record of 3-3. Now, they sit one game out of first after the first week of the season. They head to LA to play the Dodgers on Tuesday for their home opener. LA is 2-4 after losing two of three in Florida over the weekend.
Now let’s see how this team can perform on the road. Two series, two series wins. I’ve always said, no need to sweep, just win series and you’ll be fine. So far, so good.