Before the game, Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said he had already moved past Tuesday's tough loss and was feeling pretty positive about where the team was. Maybe he knew something or maybe being positive about everything, all the time, just happened to coincide with a big win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
More importantly, and still at least a week or two away from being answered, is the bigger meaning of this all-around team victory. Did a strong start from Joe Saunders, the best offensive showing of the season, and a competent bullpen performance signify a shift in momentum and a turning point in the season?
Stay tuned, D-backs fans. Stay tuned for the answer to that important question.
The offensive explosion started in the first inning with a Ryan Roberts solo home run and an Aaron Hill RBI single. The Snakes added nine more runs spread out over the next five innings with six different players recording an RBI.
"I don't want to speak for him," Willie Bloomquist (3-6, 1 RBI) said of Dodger's starter Ted Lily, "He didn't have his pinpoint control he usually does so we just tried to get pitches out over the plate and do something with them."
Gibson praised his team for being more patient in their approach and letting the ball travel deeper into the zone.
Joe Saunders was pitch perfect through six innings. He allowed a solo home run in the fourth but then ran out of gas in the seventh and gave up three more. But with 11 runs on the board for his team, Joe could afford to be a bit sloppy at the end of his game. That's not to say he was in the least bit pleased to be lifted without closing the book on the inning.
The 11 runs (on 14 hits) for the D-backs is two more than they managed to score in any other game this season.
The Diamondbacks have an off day Thursday and then open a home series against the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday.
For more on the D-backs, visit AZ Snakepit.