Thursday, April 14, 2005

Beautiful Day 

There's another D-Backs blogger in an alternate, Kieslowski-like universe who's typing up an entry entitled "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking Fo(u)r."

Luckily, I live in this universe and can say with pride that the D-Backs have their first four-game winning streak since 2003 after yesterday afternoon's 5-2 victory over the Rockies. This, to me, is an even greater accomplishment than achieving their first sweep since 2003, even though the drought was even longer. (And yes, Jim, I didn't want to mention either feat before for fear of jinxing the possibility.) Of course, that's because the chances of a 51-111 team winning four in a row are less than 1%.

We have Byung-Hyun Kim to thank for the victory -- in one inning of work he walked four batters (two intentionally) and let the winning run score with a wild pitch. I thought the tone of the Republic's article on Kim was a bit harsh, however, as if wild pitches and walks were the bane of Kim's existence the entire time he was here. Kim will unfortunately and unfairly be judged by those two games in Yankee Stadium. For the record, Kim pitched in 4 games before the World Series and was lights out -- 6 1/3 innings, 4 Ks, 3 BBs, 1 hit, and no runs. Even in the World Series, in his 3 1/3 innings of work, he gave up just 1 walk and struck out 6. (It was the 6 hits -- and the homeruns -- that doomed him.)

Let's put it this way, as I "watched" the game yesterday via "Gameday," I almost felt sorry for Kim as the inning, and the game, melted away from him.

So the D-Backs have their sweep and can now focus on the Nationals. The game tonight pits two teams who are a combined 11-7 heading into the game. Anyone who'd put money down on the D-Backs and Nationals having a combined 11 wins at this point in the season would be very, very rich right now.

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