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Arizona Diamondbacks Inside Pitch 2008-08-02

Arizona Diamondbacks Inside Pitch 2008-08-02
The Diamondbacks rediscovered their offense in July, a large reason they were able to not only maintain their lead in the NL West but also feel as if they did not need to make a major play at the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

The D-backs hit .272 with 119 runs scored in July, their highest batting average of any month in the season, and had three players in the top 12 among NL qualifiers for the month -- second baseman Orlando Hudson (.358/.463/.425), first baseman Chad Tracy (.351/.532/.386) and outfielder Conor Jackson (.343/.562/.400)

Tracy had 10 extra-base hits and 15 RBIs in only 77 at-bats while Jackson had 12 extra-base hits, including five homers, and also drove in 15.

"We're swinging the bats well," said third baseman Mark Reynolds, who has five homers and 18 RBIs in July. "With our pitching, we feel we'll be in every game."

The D-backs rushed to the top of the NL West -- they were 20-8 in March/April -- while hitting .267 with 36 home runs and 165 runs. They hit .244 with 117 runs in May and .224 with 90 runs in June.

Catcher Chris Snyder missed the first 20 days of July with a fractured testicle but had 10 RBIs in the final nine games of the month.

DIAMONDBACKS 2, DODGERS 1: LHP Randy Johnson won his fifth straight game to get No. 293 in his career Friday while allowing only an unearned run in six innings, striking out six while walking no one. 1B Tony Clark tied the game with a bases-empty home run leading off a two-run seventh inning before C Chris Snyder singled, pinch-hitter Chad Tracy walked and SS Stephen Drew doubled in the game winner. RHP closer Brandon Lyon got new Dodgers OF Manny Ramirez to ground into a double play with a runner on first and no outs in the ninth, saving his second straight game in the series as the D-Backs took a three-game lead over the second-place Dodgers in the NL West, their largest lead since July 1.

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Added: August 2, 2008

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