D-backs Open Season with a Bang

April 6, 2009 by  

feat_dbacks_0010The Arizona Diamondbacks played the Colorado Rockies in front of a sell out crowd. There were several seats empty but in all it was a pretty great turnout at Chase Field for the first game of the season. Those who showed up were not disappointed as they saw their team prevail in a bit of a home run derby. Eight home runs total would grace the scoreboard with five of them being hit by Arizona. The team’s resilience would earn them the win as they are victorious for the first game of the regular season.

The Opening Day pre-game was highlighted by a flyover by the U.S. Air Force at the close of the National Anthem. Also in attendance was boxing legend Muhammad Ali. Familiar faces got the crowd going as the first game of the season was set to go. Lineups were announced for both teams and as the players took the field the fans booed the bad guys and cheered the home team. The roof was opened for the pre-game festivities before the game and was later closed before the first pitch.

Manager Bob Melvin’s move of the roster proved to be beneficial against the Colorado starting south paw, Aaron Cook. Although Cook did not have much of a game, neither did Brandon Webb unfortunately. In four innings of play, Webb would have six earned runs, allow two home runs while walking two. There were some interesting performances from the bullpen as Schoeneweis had his first pitch belted out of the park and Billy Buckner seemed a bit wild. Thanks to the support of Pena and Qualls, the D-backs were able to come through on the pitching side of things.

feat_dbacks_0009The most prominent part of the game was offense. The D-Backs would hit a total of five homers. Both Felipe Lopez and Tony Clark would hit two a piece from each side of the plate. This would be the first time in D-backs history that this feat would be accomplished. Not to mention, the first at bat for the Diamondbacks was a lead off home run by Felipe Lopez. Although some are still missing Orlando Hudson, some fans are glad to have the validation that Lopez was a great addition to the crew.

In other key plays, Stephen Drew would have a fantastic slide into the plate that would allow him to miss the tag and for the D-backs to score. On the defensive side of things, it appears that catcher Chris Snyder needs to work on his throws to second base. On one play, the ball would be overthrown only to be stopped by the backup infielder.

The Rockies would continue to nip at the heals of the D-backs as the two teams went run-for-run in the last half of the game. Of the three home runs that were hit by Colorado, two home run balls were thrown back onto the field by some devoted D-backs fans. In all the Diamondbacks played an excellent start to the regular season by beating the Colorado Rockies. From a strategy standpoint, it appears that Melvin made some excellent moves in an effort to give his team the win.

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W: T. Pena L: J. Grilli S: C. Qualls


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