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Arizona Diamondbacks Inside Pitch 2008-09-11


Arizona Diamondbacks Inside Pitch 2008-09-11
Diamondbacks general manager and architect Josh Byrnes still believes, even in trying times.

"I think there's a frustration level," Byrnes said after joining the team for the final two games of its three-game series in San Francisco, "but I don't think we underestimate what we can do.

"We can still be a very dangerous team. But obviously it's Sept. 9, and we have to show that. We are still capable of playing at a much higher level than we have been. We need to, to get into the playoffs."

The D-backs have lost 13 of their last 16 after an 0-6 road trip that started in Los Angeles, and they are 3 1/2 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West. They have lost eight games in the division standings to the Dodgers in the last 12 days.

"Hopefully we're that team that catches fire and rides it," Byrnes said.

Eventual NL champion Colorado and NL East champion Philadelphia overcame larger deficits in the final 2 1/2 weeks to make the playoffs last season.

"It's a matter of taking advantage of the opportunities. Now we have to play very, very well to overcome the Dodgers," Byrnes said.

GIANTS 4, DIAMONDBACKS 3: The D-backs lost on a walk-off hit by San Francisco 2B Eugenio Velez for the second straight day, when Velez hit a two-run triple off RHP Brandon Lyon with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. The D-backs' season-long losing streak reached six games at the conclusion of an 0-6 road trip.

OF Chris Young had given the D-backs a 3-2 lead with his own two-out, two-run triple in the top of the ninth. SS Stephen Drew hit his 17th home run of the season.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: September 11, 2008

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