Final week I praised Bobby Cox and his Atlanta Braves on their 6-Three highway journey and instructed they have been starting to play like supervisor Cox’s earlier NL East groups. Then the Dodgers and Arizona got here to Turner Subject and all of a sudden the Braves are 1-6 on this present homestand.

The Braves acquired swept by Arizona on the weekend and the Diamondbacks are starting to play nice ball and this comes on the heels of the Phoenix Suns getting turfed from the NBA Playoffs.

Earlier than the Diamondbacks departed on a 10-game journey, supervisor Bob Melvin referred to as the tour to Cincinnati, New York and Atlanta a measuring stick that may give his staff an concept of simply how good it truly is.

After ending it off with a 7-Three document, topped by a four-game sweep of the Braves at Turner Subject, the outcomes are in: Arizona is a reasonably good ballclub and simply would possibly do some bit greater than hold round on the prime of the Nationwide League West.

The four-game sweep over the Braves marked simply the third time in Diamondbacks historical past that they’ve achieved such a feat on the highway. The 7-Three document, in the meantime, ties a membership mark for the perfect journey of a highway marketing campaign involving no less than 10 video games.

The pitching employees posted a 2.35 ERA in the course of the 10 video games, permitting 24 earned runs in 92 innings, and prior to now three video games alone, the offense has delivered 10 house runs. Total, the Diamondbacks outscored their opponents 56-24.

The Diamondbacks proceed to get sterling performances from their beginning pitchers, as Sunday’s 9-Three win over the Braves marked the 13th “high quality begin” from the rotation prior to now 15 video games. Proper-hander Miguel Batista was the newest to work no less than six innings and permit three or fewer runs, and through this explicit stretch, the starters have normal a 1.94 ERA.

Batista, who allowed three earned runs by way of 6 2/Three innings in bettering to 6-2, acquired assist from an offense that pounded out 14 hits and 4 house runs for the second consecutive day. The Diamondbacks swept the Braves in 4 video games at Turner Subject, the primary time that is occurred to Atlanta at house or on the highway for the reason that Phillies did it to them in 1995.

RHP Brandon Webb must pitch 2 2/Three scoreless innings when he begins Monday towards the visiting Phillies to ascertain a Diamondbacks document for pitching consecutive scoreless innings. Webb is on 25 and counting. Andy Benes holds the membership mark with 27 1/Three straight scoreless frames in the course of the staff’s inaugural season in 1998.

.099 — Eric Byrnes’ batting common differential on June 1, 2006, in comparison with June 1, 2005. Byrnes hit .226 after the primary two months of the season final 12 months and after June 1 this 12 months, was hitting .325. It is the most important bounce of any participant within the main leagues.

Bob Acton