Friday, August 1, 2008

The thrill of victory . . .

Call them the heart attack kids. The Arizona Diamondbacks are giving their fans all they can handle. The last two nights have provided us with nail-biting excitement with the "good guys" coming through when it counts the most.

Rarely in sports are we treated to games in which defensive plays saved the day let alone two games in a row. The last two Arizona Diamondback games have provided this for us.

Wednesday night Doug Davis went 6 2/3 innings of perfect baseball. He started the eighth inning and with 2 outs gave way to John Rauch with the bases loaded. Rauch was recently acquired from the Washington Nationals in the hope that he could alleviate some of the troubles the DBacks were having in the bullpen. He was in to get one out and lets just say he did it the hard way. The catch by Romero saved the game for Doug Davis and allowed the Diamondbacks to win the series agains the Padres. The catch made ESPN's top play in the daily top ten.

Last night Brandon Webb and Derek Lowe put on pitching clinics. Webb had given up 1 run through 7 innings and had one out with runners on second and third when this happened. The throw by Connor Jackson and tag by Chris Snyder saved the game and allowed the Diamondbacks to take game one of the four game series at Dodger Stadium. The play was ESPN's top Web Gem for the night as well.

This is very rare in baseball where plays like this happen in back-to-back games. It was a treat to see. Hopefully tonight a great defensive play won't be required to save the game. Hopefully Randy Johnson will shut down the Dodgers and that it will be an easy night. Given the recent play of the Diamondbacks, even if RJ doesn't make it easy they will be ready. Of course now that the Dodgers have acquired Manny Ramirez we may just see an implosion at Chavez Ravine, but that is a topic for another time.

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