As skeptical as I've been this week about the Arizona Diamondbacks "roll" they have been on, I have to at least admit one thing, that the Dbacks are finding ways to win, at least this week, even when the chips may seem down on them. It hasn't always been pretty, but the only thing that matters is the end result. The end result the past five nights has been victory for the home team.
The Dbacks have not quit. Take last night for example. Down 4-1 and then 4-3, the Dbacks seemed to be clawing their way back into the game against the Minnesota Twins. Then, a lapse in defense, 3 errors in the 8th inning, cost the Dbacks 2 runs and all of a sudden it was 3-run deficit again at 6-3. This was in the 8th inning mind you.
In the bottom half of the inning, after two runs scored to make it 6-5, the Dbacks loaded the bases and the struggling Kelly Johnson came up with his .185 batting average. KJ deposited a 2-2 pitch into the right field bleachers in "Uptown" and a 3 run deficit all of a sudden was a 3 run lead. Closer J.J. Putz came in and closed things out in the 9th.
I can't remember the last time a team committed 5 errors, but still scored 9 runs and won. This team is resilient if nothing else. Granted, they were playing the 15-28 Twins, however those are the types of teams you SHOULD be beating. The Dbacks made sure they didn't allow the top of the 8th meltdown ruin their chances at a series victory. Now, it is game three of the series and last game of the homestand. Then it's off to Colorado for a four game series starting with a doubleheader on Tuesday.