Diamondbacks News

Opening Day Provides Fireworks, Win

By Scott Allen

The Arizona Diamondbacks looked, well, just about as I expected them to look as they defeated the Colorado Rockies 7-6 in 11 innings on Friday.  The hitting was there, as the Dbacks pounded out six doubles and two home runs.  The defense and the pitching?  Eh…still leaves a lot to be desired, but I think that will be the case all season.  The bullpen in the end though with David Hernandez and  J.J. Putz got the job done

It took extra innings to complete this one and I have a feeling we are going to see a lot of those types of games as well.  Both starters struggled, however it was Colorado Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez that struggled more than Dbacks starter Ian Kennedy, which was a little more than a surprise.

Juan Gutierrez struck out the side in the 7th and Aaron Heilman did the same in the 8th.  Not bad, but they both threw a lot of pitches getting through their innings.   Again I say, you will see a lot of this in 2011.

The nice surprise though was the way the Dbacks competed in the extra innings.  They eventually scored the winning run when Gerardo Parra crossed the plate on a wild pitch.  Hey, for today, I’ll take it.  Some mistakes made, but it’s a win.