Over the last week, the dbacks offense has been dead cold, leading to them dropping from first all the way to fourth place. But all is not bad in Arizona, as the team is showing signs of life. Randy Johnson made his first start, facing another dinosauric lefty, the diabetic David Wells. Together, they're the oldest matchup of left handed pitchers in history, at the age of 86 combined. All though we lost that game 5-10, there were some bright spots. Chad Tracy actually got a couple of XBH off the lefty Wells, and the younger players showed signs of getting more comfortable in the batter's box. Unfortunately, the pitching just didn't hold up.
There were a few keys to the last two wins. First, the pitching. While Jake Peavy was out there K'ing 16 of our hitters, Brandon Webb kept us close, holding the Padres to two runs. That game was won in grand fashion, as Stephen Drew hit his first home run of the year, a walk off two run bomb. All though I should mention, with out Miguel Montero's home run, the win wouldn't have been there.
Yesterday, Livan Hernandez put up a three spot in the first, but didn't allow much after that, except for a paltry two hits, and a few ealks. Tony Clark, starting at first for the injured Conor Jackson, was the hero of the game, hitting two home runs once again. Has Tony reverted to his awesome 2005 form? God willing he has.
Up next, we face the San Francisco Giants for a three game set over the weekend. Today's match up is Doug Davis(1-2, 3.27 ERA) vs Barry Zito(2-2, 3.70 ERA). It's worth noting that Zito has not given up a run in his last two starts.
Saturday will see two young pitchers take the mound, Edgar Gonzalez, (1-2, 4.26) vs the up and coming Matt Cain(1-1, 1.55),
And Sunday, we'll see the big bird killing tall man, Randy Johnson, vs Matt Morris( 3-0, 2.49)
I'll be doing a look at some of the farm hands in the dbacks system, and see how they are doing over the course of the weekend.