After picking up two wins in the first two games of their series against the San Diego Padres, the Arizona Diamondbacks were going for the sweep on Sunday afternoon. After playing a great game, Arizona was in position for the win in the fourth inning when they took a 3-1 lead, and everyone seemed to be playing well. It all fell apart in the ninth when San Diego scored the game-winning run after hitting a pair of infield singles.
Although the Diamondbacks ended up winning the series, a sweep would have been huge for their morale. The Padres are one of the worst teams in baseball, and it would have been nice to take advantage of that. The Diamondbacks need all of the wins they can get if they want to salvage the season. The starters have finally started to live up to their end of the bargain, giving up just three runs in their last 21 innings pitched. The offense, while not great, has done enough damage to give the team a chance to win every game.
For the Diamondbacks to make anything of this season, they will need to take advantage of every opportunity that comes their way, as well as capitalize on any mistakes that their opponents make.
The Padres, while still having played a good game, made three errors that could have been costly if only Arizona had capitalized on them. The fact that it was only a one-run game adds to the fact that the Diamondbacks missed a big opportunity for not only a win, but also a sweep.