If you would’ve told me the Diamondbacks were going to
Giants on Friday morning…
I would’ve believed you.
If you would’ve told me that the Diamondbacks were going
rough up Tim Lincecum and Madison Bumgarner and come back
from being down 6-0 against Matt Cain…
I would’ve said no way.
I guess I completely forgot about the 2011 Arizona
because what I learned from that team was that they are
of a game, and when they win, most of the time they do it
way and make it interesting all the way to the end. And
exactly what they did in this series.
Never mind that the D-backs are one of five 3-0 teams in
this series showed that this team has the same fire, the
never-say-die attitude and the same belief in themselves
teammates that they had last year.
While it may be too early to tell for sure, the D-backs
may have just
answered my biggest question mark for them heading into
season; can they hold on to the same mindset as last year,
get caught in the media storm? So far, it looks like they
“For some reason, you create a little more fire under you
you’re playing teams in your division,” Chris Young told
after Saturday’s win.
One thing is for sure, if the D-backs play with that kind
throughout the year, they’ll be raising at least one more
A in the
outfield come next April.
Series Report Card
I don’t care how pretty it was, a sweep is a sweep. The
fact that this
team still has the edge and attitude it had last year
every other NL team shudder.
At times, the offense did not look good, if Justin Upton
is going to
make an MVP run he can’t get punched out with the bat
still on his
shoulders, but they got it done when it mattered, and
of the largest comebacks in franchise history on Sunday.
The defense would have probably warranted an A, had it not
for Sunday’s game, in which the Diamondbacks had five
short of a franchise record. Some of the errors looked
could have been fixed with just a little more focus (too
thinking about what was to be for Easter dinner perhaps?).
pretty obvious that Jason Kubel isn’t totally used to left
Chase yet, but that should come with a few more series at
Couldn’t have asked for a better pitching performance to
the season from the D-backs top two starters. Ian Kennedy
Daniel Hudson each went six and two thirds, while David
Hernandez and J.J. Putz did their thing out of the
Collmenter had a poor performance on Sunday, but Wade
looked fantastic in relief as he pitched four no-hit
innings to give
the Snakes the chance for the comeback.
Kirk Gibson’s pure mastery of his lineup was evident on
Saturday when he shuffled around the number two spot in
and each day the man hitting second (Chris Young, Aaron
respectively) had a huge game.
Play of the Series:
Tatman wins the award for a play he made in Friday’s
Diamondbacks win. Ryan Roberts took a Tim Lincecum pitch
the bases loaded into the corner in left that scored two
KO’ed Tim Lincecum for the day, and gave the D-backs all
they needed to win on Opening Day.
Unsung Hero of the Series:
This goes to Wade Miley, for his outstanding four-inning
performance on Sunday. Miley allowed no hits and no runs
Giants, while fighting off a bunch of errors from his
keep the D-backs in the game long enough to come back.
Kirk Gibson Quote of the Series:
“That one will make you smile… It really does; the guys
was an interesting battle and they got the job done.” –
D-backs 7-6 comeback win on Sunday.
Player of the Series:
This could go to any number of the D-Backs’ pitchers, but
giving it to Chris Young. Kirk Gibson has said that he
difference in Young’s swing this year, and that he thinks
due for a big season. Let’s just say I agree. He’s on pace
to hit 54
home runs, 108 doubles and have 216 RBIs… Will that
But that doesn’t mean you won’t be seeing him win this
often, I have a feeling he’ll be putting up good numbers
in most of
the series this year.
The “Any Other Part of the Ballpark” Award:
This one is going to Chris Young as well. More
specifically, for his
RBI double in the 1st inning on Saturday. It was about 4
feet shy of
being a 3 run home run, and had it been hit anywhere else
park, some lucky fan would have a souvenir…
Best Moment of the Series:
Undoubtedly my favorite moment of Opening Weekend was just
before first pitch on Saturday. Baxter, the Diamondbacks
noticed a bunch of Giants fans sitting behind home plate,
proceeded to cover them in silly string. This had no real
any part of the series, but I have to give Baxter his
props. Well done
The Road Ahead:
The Diamondbacks head west to Petco Park in San Diego for
three-game set with the Padres… Keep an eye on Trevor
for the team on Tuesday, and you may want to have your
ready, the D-Backs have a great opportunity to sweep their