The Arizona Diamondbacks took two of three games from the St. Louis Cardinals, but had to be disappointed in their failure to sweep when they lost the series finale with Curt Schilling on the hill with a three run lead.
Rick Helling won his first game as a Diamondback in a 14-5 triumph over the St. Louis Cardinals on April 15. The D-Back bats came alive and Arizona also benefited from some uncharacteristic sloppy play by the Redbirds. Quinton McCracken electrified the crowd with his daring base-running and continued to be impressive at the plate. Damian Miller had a homer. Tony Womack and Luis Gonzalez were huge contributors to the Arizona cause.
Randy Johnson won his fourth game in as many decisions 5-3 over the Cardinals on Wednesday. The Big Unit need strong relief help from left-handers Eddie Oropesa and Mike Myers. Junior Spivey and Steve Finley homered for the D-Backs.
The Cardinals broke Arizona’s six-game winning streak with an 8-4 victory in the series finale on Thursday. Curt Schilling suffered his first loss of the season after three straight victories. Tony Womack had a four for five day and Luis Gonzalez gave the Diamondbacks a 3-0 with a two-run homer in the third. Jim Edmonds clubbed a grand slam to seal Schilling’s fate. A key hit was J.D. Drew’s bunt single earlier in the frame. David Dellucci had a pinch-hit homer in the eighth to cut the Cardinal lead to two, but Arizona couldn’t take advantage of Womack’s no out double and failed to move closer.
The Colorado Rockies came to town for a weekend series beginning on Friday. After Monday off, the Diamondbacks began a six-game road trip began on Tuesday with the Diamondbacks meeting the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta. They will finish up there tonight (April 24) and Thursday, then play a week-end series in Florida. The next homestand will begin on Tuesday, May 1, with the New York Mets providing the opposition. That will be an important nine-game stand against the Mets, Montreal Expos and Pittsburgh Pirates.