The Arizona Diamondbacks had their run for the pennant interrupted, like almost everything else in the United States, by the cowardly attack upon this country on Sept. 11 by the hi-jacking of aircraft and the destruction of the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon. The home series with Colorado was postponed and will be made up after the regular season was to have ended, as will the games slated for Milwaukee.
The San Diego Padres, who have the second best record of National League West teams since the All-Star break, continued to be a thorn in Arizona’s side with a 4-3 victory in the series opener. The Diamondbacks lost despite having Randy Johnson on the mound and pitching effectively. San Diego used the long ball, including a game-winner by Mike Colangelo and Arizona continued to have difficulty taking advantage of scoring opportunities.
The Diamondbacks overcame a poor performance by starter Brian Anderson and a late Padre home run off Grey Swindell to take an 8-6 win over the Padres in 10 innings. Matt Williams connected for a sayonara home run in the 10th to secure the victory. Steve Finley had a pair of home runs, including a clutch, game-tying blow off Padre reliever Trevor Hoffman in the ninth. Arizona got a crucial and amazing performance from rookie pitcher Mike Koplove who worked 3 1/3 hitless and scoreless innings while the D-Backs played catch-up.
The Diamondbacks took the rubber game 8-2 behind Bobby Witt. Damian Miller had a homer and four RBIs to lead the attack. Steve Finley, Tony Womack, Mark Grace and Matt Williams all had two hits for the Diamondbacks along with Miller.
The final road trip of the season was slated to begin on Friday at Milwaukee. After three games in “Brew Town”, Arizona will come back into the Western Division for three games at Colorado and a potentially critical four game set at Los Angeles. The final six games of the regular season will be played at Bank-One-Ballpark against the Milwaukee Brewers and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Of course, the entire remainder of the regular season and the play-offs will be subject to changes that may be made by Major League Baseball in response to the national crisis.