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Updated Jun 11, 2013 - 9:42 am

One-run games going D-backs' way this season

Arizona Diamondbacks' Willie Bloomquist gestures toward his dugout after hitting a two RBI single during the ninth inning of their baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, June 10, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Given the way the Arizona Diamondbacks are winning games this season, some may be reminded of the 2011 version that won the NL West.

That team rode a surprising Cy Young candidate in Ian Kennedy as well as an MVP contender in Justin Upton all the way to the NL West crown, tallying many close wins on the way there.

The team won 94 games that season, with 28 being of the one-run variety.

This year's Diamondbacks, who are pacing the division with a 36-28 mark, are on a similar path, only this time the role of Kennedy is being played by Patrick Corbin and Upton's spot is being filled by Paul Goldschmidt.

But the success in one-run games has stayed.

Last season's D-backs were just 15-27 in one-run games.

Many feel a team's success in close games is largely due to luck, and the D-backs' trend over the last few seasons would seem to bear that out. Or, maybe, this year's team just happens to be more clutch than last year's.

Either way, the nail biters have proven to be beneficial to the D-backs' record, even if it's not helping their (or their fans') stress levels.

About the Author

School: University of Arizona

When you started with Bonneville Phoenix: Fall 2008, right before Cardinals Super Bowl run

Favorite sports memory: Being at Game 7 of the 2001 World Series with my dad

Favorite all-time athlete: Larry Centers

Favorite sports movies: The Sandlot, Rookie of the Year, Jerry Maguire

Most crushing sports moment: Grew up in Arizona and went to UA from 2002-06. In short, there are too many to name just one.


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