"There's nobody worried in here,'' first baseman Mark Grace
said. "We just need to go out and play better baseball.
"We're fine. Our magic number is three. We need to go win three
games, and we've got the ability to do it, no question. I'd like to
do it the next three games.''
The Diamondbacks lost Brian Anderson to a broken foot and wasted
a chance to clinch a playoff berth for the second day in a row,
blowing a five-run lead in a 15-8 loss on Saturday.
Colorado, which trailed 6-1 and 8-4, tied the score with four
runs in the fifth, then went ahead with a seven-run seventh that
included Juan Pierre's tiebreaking single, his fifth hit of the
Arizona's magic number for clinching a playoff berth remained at
one after the Los Angeles Dodgers beat San Diego 5-3 later
Saturday. The magic number for the Diamondbacks to clinch the third
NL West title in their 5-year history stayed at three.
With eight games remaining, Arizona led San Francisco by six
games and Los Angeles by eight.
"We need to win our games and things will take care of
themselves,'' third baseman Matt Williams said. "We can't think of
Manager Bob Brenly said he might try to watch either the San
Francisco-Milwaukee or Los Angeles-San Diego game Saturday night,
but added, "I'm more concerned for our game here (Sunday). This
was not a pretty one to watch today.''
Colorado had a season-high 20 hits -- including 19 singles -- and
Pierre tied his career-high for hits by going 5-for-6. Pierre, who
went 4-for-5 Friday night, set a franchise record with nine hits in
Anderson broke a bone in his left foot when he was struck by Ben
Petrick's liner in the third inning. Anderson, who allowed three
runs and four hits in 2 1/3 innings, is 6-11 with a 4.79 ERA this
Bret Prinz and Greg Swindell combined for the next 1 2/3
innings, but Mike Koplove gave up four runs and seven hits in two
innings and Mike Fetters (3-2) allowed seven runs -- three earned --
and four hits in two-thirds of an inning.
"I got my teeth basically kicked in,'' Fetters said. "It's
probably the worst inning I've had in my career, right there.''
Brian Fuentes (1-0) pitched a perfect sixth and seventh --
striking out a team record-tying five straight batters -- in relief
of Denny Neagle, who gave up six runs, three of them earned, in
Todd Zeile drove in three runs without a hit -- on a sacrifice
fly, a groundout and a bases-loaded walk.
Pierre got the go-ahead single in the seventh off Fetters, who
threw a run-scoring wild pitch and walked Zeile with the bases
loaded. A throwing error by shortstop Tony Womack on Shumpert's
grounder allowed two runs in, making it 13-8, and Alomar chased
Fetters with a two-run single.
"I wouldn't say I'm locked in right now,'' Pierre said. "I'm
just feeling comfortable. I'm not missing my pitches, not fouling
them off. When I'm getting my pitch, I'm putting it in play and not
hitting it right at them.
"After my fourth hit, I started thinking about how many
opportunities do you get to get five. After I got five, I think I
pressed a little bit on my last at-bat, because it's not too often
you get six.''
Pierre struck out in his final at-bat in the eighth.
According to a report in the Arizona Republic, neither Johnson nor Schilling will pitch against St. Louis if they have clinched the NL West title by Tuesday. The Diamondbacks are likely to face the Cardinals in the first round of the playoffs. ... Anderson lost his previous three starts. ... Rockies OF
Larry Walker, bothered all month by a sore left shoulder, was not
in the lineup. ... Jeff Kellogg, scheduled to umpire at third base,
left the crew to be with his wife, who went into labor. Mike
Fichter replaced him. ... Arizona RHP Armando Reynoso made his
first appearance since June 9, 2001. He had been sidelined by neck