As we wind down 2011, here are my top five Arizona Diamondbacks games of 2011.
1. April 27th vs. Philadelphia Phillies
Ian Kennedy, the night after getting little sleep with the birth of his first child, came into Chase Field ready to pitch. He dueled the Phillies Cliff Lee and won the game 4-0. Right then I think was when I recognized the Dbacks might have something special in Kennedy and something special for the 2011 season.
2. May 14th vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
Rookie Josh Collmenter came in to Dodger Stadium and wowed us with a 1-0 masterpiece. The Dbacks only managed one hit themselves, but that was all they needed.
3. May 27th vs Houston Astros
Daniel Hudson struggled early on, falling behind 6-0 to a bad Astros team. Then the lights turned on and the Dbacks completed an amazing 7-6 comeback in what would be the first of many exciting come from behind wins.
4. July 4th vs. Milwaukee Brewers
The Dbacks were comeback kings already at this point, but you have to admit, even this one seemed out of hand after Hudson fell behind with giving up a grand slam to Brewers pitcher Shaun Marcum. They once again fell behind big 6-1 and mounted a 8-6 comeback win.
5. September 23rd vs. San Francisco Giants
Clearly a great game as it clinched the the NL West for the Dbacks in a 3-1 win thanks to a Paul Goldschmidt triple in the 8th inning.
There were so many other walk-offs I could have included. It was hard to narrow it to just five moments, but these are the ones that stick out in my mind. What was your favorite moment of 2011?
Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks Chase Field Cliff Lee Daniel Hudson Dodger Stadium Houston Astros Ian Kennedy Josh Collmenter Milwaukee Brewers NL West Paul Goldschmidt Philadelphia Phillies San Francisco Giants Shaun Marcum