Don't look now, but the Arizona Diamondbacks, the second-worst team in Major League Baseball, currently have the hottest win streak going in the bigs.
Yes, you read that right. Our lovable hometown zeroes have triumphed in their last four games, including last night's 4-3 win over the San Diego Padres, which ties a season record for the D-Backs. (Granted, this quartet of victories has come against the Padres and the Colorado Rockies, two teams that will likely be cleaning out their lockers come October, but after the season that the D-Backs have had thus far, fans are probably willing to celebrate any accomplishment, no matter how small.) It's also the first time the D-Backs have clinched a series at Chase Field since May, to boot.
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Truth be told, it felt like Tuesday's game was taking place inside Bizarro World rather than the confines of Chase Field, as the Snakes upended many of the dismal hallmarks that have come to define 2009. Can't win at home? Pshaw. Run support for a decent pitching outing? Yup, in this case it was Gerardo Parra's RBI triple in the fourth, backing up Doug Davis' efforts, which included six strikeouts and only three walks over six and a third innings of work.
Lady Luck also seemed to be smiling upon Arizona for once, as the team benefited from a string of errors by its opponent instead of vice versa. In this case, it was a boo-boo in the previous inning by pitcher Kevin Correia, who couldn't field a sloppy bunt by Doug Davis, that permitted Chris Young to score and knot the score at 1-1.
Another interesting reversal of fortune came with relief pitcher Jon Rauch, who's apparently becoming the team's set-up man after Tony Peña was traded to the Chicago White Sox earlier this week. Instead of continuing his recent trend of effectiveness, the 6-foot-11 hurler bungled up a pair of runs to Padres sluggers Kevin Kouzmanoff and Chase Headley.
Let's hope the lanky lad will do better in this afternoon's finale, as the Snakes stand a chance at not only nailing down an unheard of fifth-straight W, but also completing their first home series sweep of the season. First pitch is at 12:40 p.m., with Max Scherzer (5-6, 3.73 ERA) heading to the hill against the Pads' Chad Gaudin (4-7, 5.35). TV: Fox Sports Arizona. Radio: KTAR-AM 620. For tickets and info, visit www.dbacks.com.