Brandon Webb finally gave a strong showing against the Colorado Rockies by
pitching seven innings of two-run ball. As ever, Brandon Lyon and Jose Valverde followed with two scoreless innings of their own.
The Diamondbacks' offense manufactured a run in the second inning. Then
in the third, Conor Jackson bashed a home run into the left field stands that
scored Justin Upton. A Mark Reynolds double was followed by a Stephen Drew
RBI single in the 6th, accounting for Arizona's fourth run
The Diamondbacks also stole two notable bases in the game. Eric Byrnes
became the second Diamondback ever to steal 50 bases in a season, joining Tony
Womack, who swiped 72 in 1999. Chris Young added his 27th steal of the
year, and could become the first rookie ever to go 30-30 if he can steal three
more bases in the final two games of the regular season.
The Padres also beat the Brewers Friday night, which struck a two pronged
blow to the Diamondbacks' divisional chances. First, it kept Arizona's
magic number at 2. Second, the victory knocked the Brewers out of
postseason contention, which means the Padres could have an easier time winning
its next two games in Milwaukee.
Also, the potential playoff opponent Chicago Cubs can rest their starters for
their final two games with the Central Division wrapped up.
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