Diamondbacks Show Improvement

Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Ryan Roberts throws the ball to first base for an out against the Houston Astros in the second inning at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas on August 23, 2009. UPI/Aaron M. Sprecher Photo via Newscom

Over the past week and a half, the Arizona Diamondbacks have played much like we had hoped they would all season.  Better late than never, right?  Well, I don’t know about the better part, but I do know it has been fun to watch some winning baseball before the close of the season.

They’ve only lost three of their past ten games, much thanks to some timely hitting, some power hitting, and some great starting pitching.  Even the bullpen has had some good moments save for a couple of performances.

One of those “save for a couple” performances came last night against the Houston Astros. Reliever Aaron Heilman imploded last night in giving up four runs in a game the Diamondbacks seemed to have in hand going into the eighth inning.

The call ups have also done a good job since being recalled to the big club.  After Brandon Allen’s splash return with a grand slam on Wednesday, Ryan Roberts hit a huge three run homer last night that looked like would end up being the game winner for the Dbacks.  Also returning to the majors last night was reliever Mike Hampton.

Hampton only threw seven pitches, however five were strikes and he recorded one out.  To me, and I’m sure to him, it was good to see, regardless of how long he was in the game.  The fact that he could throw seven more pitches in the majors is a story in itself.  Hampton has said he knows if he wants to prolong his career, it will need to be out of the bullpen.  Hampton just might be the lefty out of the bullpen the Dbacks have been looking for.  We’ll see.

Tags: Aaron Heilman Arizona Diamondbacks Brandon Allen Houston Astros Mike Hampton Ryan Roberts