The Diamondbacks were finally able to get a couple of games in without a rain delay for the first time in about a week. All things considered they faired very well for the double header. The offense showed up for both games and they showed that they can actually comeback in a game. Up until about two weeks ago it seemed if the opposing team got a three run lead in the first few innings the game was as good as over. I don’t think that there is one Diamondback fan out there that is not satisfied with a double header split.
Both games featured a lot of good signs. The Dbacks put up runs in three consecutive innings in the first game. This is something that they have had trouble doing this season, so to see consistency at the plate was very comforting. Some leaders are starting to emerge for this team, which is exactly what they need and what they have lacked the past year.
Mark Reynolds not only had success at the dish going 2 for 3 and a walk, but also on the base path. He tied a Diamondbacks record by swiping four bases in the game, including third at one point. He tried to make things happen by getting in scoring position, tried to give his team the edge. Justin Upton had a triple, and Gerardo Parra continued to surge by going 2 for 5.
It was also good to see reliever Doug Slaten back on the mound. The “left handed specialist” recorded no outs, faced his one batter, and allowed a hit. But at least he has a 6.75 era on the season
In game two the Dbacks didn’t take their foot off the gas. Felipe Lopez went 4 for 6, Reynolds 2 for 6 with a walk and two home runs, and Justin Upton went 4 for 7 with 2 home runs as well.
Parra slowed down some with no hits in six at bats but did manage a walk in his final plate appearance.
The team came from behind and finally finished off the Marlins in the thirteenth. That’s what everyone has been looking for, they just want to see the team fight for wins and not just give up once the opposition gets a few runs on the board. The team has now won 3 of their last four. Maybe they are not content battling the Nationals for the worst record after all.
Again Chris Young showed that he needs to go to the minors immediately. He goes to the plate with a blank expression on his face, slowly adjusts his batting gloves, and timidly steps in the box and looks at the pitcher. He will then either watch a few good strikes go by or swing weakly at them. Either way he returns to the bench defeated. He needs to go to the minors and at least get his confidence back if nothing else.