Friday, July 29, 2011 at 8:10 a.m.
A three-game sweep would have been nice, and it was there for the taking, but the Arizona Diamondbacks faltered midway through yesterday's 4-3 road loss to the San Diego Padres.
The D-Backs led 2-0 before starting pitcher Daniel Hudson imploded with two outs in the sixth and no one on. By the time the inning ended, the Pads had grabbed a 3-2 lead, and Old Mo (short for momentum) was theirs.
It all happened immediately after Arizona blew a golden opportunity to put the game away, but managed to score only one run after loading the bases with one out.
Such are the vagaries of sports.
All in all, it was an unfortunate loss against a struggling cellar-dwelling team that has been having a terrible time putting runs on the board.
But the D-Backs did win the series by a two to one margin, which allowed them to stay within striking distance (four game behind) of the NL West division-leading and defending world champion San Francisco Giants.
The Giants, by the way, surely strengthened themselves by acquiring the very smooth All-Star outfielder Carlos Beltran from the New York Mets for the stretch run. Beltran has a lot left in the tank, and his addition won't hurt the Bay Area team's quest for two titles in a row.
Arizona is off to La-La Land for a weekend series against the beleaguered Dodgers.
First game is tonight at 7:05, with local telecasts on Channel 34 and KTAR620, respectively.