Things are looking up for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
They've also won five out of their last six games against two of the best teams in the National League West, including the San Diego Padres (whose fortunes have taken a turn for the worst lately). The Snakes have played the spoiler role quite nicely against the Friars during their current three-game series, pounding the tar outta the team on Monday and staging a come-from-behind victory last night at Chase Field.
Pitcher Ian Kennedy got a rocky start on Tuesday evening, allowing the Friars' Adrián González and Ryan Ludwick to produce in back-to-back RBI singles and put his team up 2-0 in the first inning, but settled down sufficiently and changed up his game plan to dispatch San Diego over the next few frames. Mark Reynolds then came through with a two-run homer in the second after a Miguel Montero base hit to tie the score.
While the D-Backs pitcher tripped up a bit in the fourth inning (permitting a Nick Hundley RBI single), things really got going for the Snakes in the fifth. Kennedy was walked by San Deigo's Kevin Correia and subsequently wound up on third (via a fielder's choice) with Rusty Ryal on first. Kelly Johnson also got some base on balls action, which both loaded the bases and set the stage for a parade of runs.
A Chris Young RBI single sent Kennedy home, followed by a Montero ground-rule double that added another two to the scoreboard, and a Gerardo Parra base knock that yielded another pair of runs to give Arizona a 7-3 lead and put the win out of reach for the Padres. Even reliever Sam Demel's bullpen bungle in the ninth (where Hundley drove in Evan Cabrera with a double) couldn't deny the D-Backs victory.
The final game of the series takes place this afternoon Barry Eright (5-2, 2.44 ERA) will attempt to help his team sweep the Padres right out of Chase Field. His opponent will be Mat Latos (13-5, 2.29) and first pitch is at 3:10 p.m. TV: Fox Sports Arizona. Radio: KTAR 620-AM. More info: www.dbacks.com.