Diamondbacks News

Dbacks Magic Number Now 8 After 6-5 Win Over Padres

By Scott Allen

It happened again.  Another Arizona Diamondbacks come from behind victory.  This time it happened in unexpected fashion.  Down 5-2 at one point and 5-3 going into the bottom of the ninth, the Dbacks Chris Young and Lyle Overbay each hit solo home runs to tie the game off of San Diego Padres closer Heath Bell.  Overbay came up again in the bottom of the 10th.  This time he walked with the bases loaded and gave the Dbacks a 6-5 win over Padres. All of this on the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the 2001 World Series team.  Most of the 2001 Dbacks returned to celebrate in front of only the second sold out crowd of the season.

There is just something with this season’s team.  You can never count these guys out and pretty soon you will be able to count them in to the playoffs as with their win combined with the San Francisco Giants loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, extends their lead in the National League West to 9.5 games with only 16 left to play for the Dbacks.

More good news, the Milwaukee Brewers lost their fourth straight game to fall a half game behind the Dbacks for the better NL record.  Over taking the Brewers would mean the Dbacks would open the playoffs at home, most likely against the Atlanta Braves, who has the wild card position right now, however, they are also a reeling team.  They were eight games up on the Dbacks record wise when the Dbacks left Atlanta three weeks ago.  Now, the Dbacks are a half game better than them as well.

The Dbacks will send Josh Collmenter to the mound tomorrow to try and get their second straight sweep over the Padres.