Sweet Sweep! D’Backs 5 – Giants 4

(photo by Mary Schwalm/AP)

"He’s been huge for all us all year. Obviously, he’s not as hot as he was early in the season, but he’s still squaring balls up."

Mgr. Bob Melvin, on Orlando Hudson, whose 2-run double in the 7th inning provided the winning margin for the Diamondbacks on Sunday.

Take that, Giants! Payback for the three-game sweep at "Ballpark by the Bay." You have Barry Bonds, but the Diamondbacks have Orlando Hudson, who has managed to get on base with a hit or a walk every game this season.

O-Dawg’s double in the 7th with the bases loaded broke a 3-3 tie and put the Snakes in the lead for good.

The D’Backs are now on a five-game winning streak, and are 10-0 when leading after seven innings.

Which is not to say that the bullpen has given up making things dramatic at the end. Starter Randy Johnson went six innings and left with the score tied at three. Brandon Medders pitched a scoreless seventh. Tony Pena gave up a run–a solo homer by Ray Durham–in the eighth. Then on came Brandon Lyon to preserve the 5-4 lead and the victory in the ninth. The Giants loaded the bases with one out before Lyon finally slammed the door.

Barry Bonds was not a factor. He came up as a pinch-hitter with one out in the ninth, but was unintentionally intentionally walked on four pitches, and then removed for a pinch-runner.

Eric Byrnes did not start for the first time this season, making Orlando Hudson the only player who has now started every game. Considering that Byrnes has cooled off this week and that Scott Hairston deserved a reward for his pinch-hit homer Saturday, this day off was no big deal. Byrnes appeared as a defensive replacement in the ninth.

New week! Webby starts against the Dodgers. As a fan of the Diamondbacks AND a Northern Californian, I say, BEAT L.A.!

And brush the cobwebs off your bat, Byrnesie!



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