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Arizona Diamondbacks Inside Pitch 2008-05-01

Arizona Diamondbacks Inside Pitch 2008-05-01
Micah Owings' teammates are struggling to find comparisons to the multi-tasking hitter/pitcher who is doing it from both sides.

"Babe Ruth comes to mind," Conor Jackson said Wednesday, after Owings smacked a pinch-hit two-out, two-run, opposite-field home run in the sixth inning, tying the game at 7 before Eric Byrnes singled in the winning run two batters later.

"It's all about Micah. Forget about my hit. Micah got the whole thing going," Byrnes said. "It's unbelievable. I'm not sure if I've ever hit a ball like that in my life, a slider line drive the other way out to the opposite field. Actually, I take it back. I know I haven't. I marvel at his ability. He is something special."

Owings is 4-0 with a 3.48 ERA and is hitting .421 with a homer, a double and two singles in his four most recent plate appearances. He has six hits in his last 10 at-bats. He hit .333 with seven homers, four doubles and 15 RBIs to win the 2007 NL Silver Slugger award.

Owings received the ultimate respect Wednesday, when Houston manager Cecil Cooper made a pitching change after Owings was announced as a pinch hitter, replacing a left-hander with right-hander Dave Borkowski. Owings homered on the first pitch he saw.

"Micah is swinging the bat great. It wasn't a tough decision," said manager Bob Melvin, who has used Owings as a pinch hitter four times already this season after using him six times all of 2007.

Owings' pinch homer was the first for a major league pitcher since Milwaukee's Brooks Kieschnick connected off the Diamondbacks' Matt Mantei on April 22, 2004.

"I wanted to put a good swing on it," said Owings, who admitted he was thinking home run in a game the D-backs trailed 7-5. "They don't put me in there to get a single. I've been blessed to be able to swing it."

DIAMONDBACKS 8, ASTROS 7: The D-backs won their eighth series in the last nine by overcoming two four-run deficits, the second rally keyed when Micah Owings hit a game-tying, two-run homer in the sixth inning. Chris Young followed with a double, and Eric Byrnes then hit the tiebreaking single. Randy Johnson gave up six runs in four innings during his fourth start of the season. The D-backs (20-8) extended the best start in franchise history, and they have not lost a series since the losing two of three games to Cincinnati in the first series of the year.

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