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Arizona's Towers: "We just didn't get last ups"

Posted on: October 8, 2011 12:57 am
MILWAUKEE -- From 97 losses a year ago to the 10th inning of the Division Series this year. What a path the Snakes slithered, what diamonds the Diamondbacks carved out of last year's rocks.

When it finally ended with a hold-your-head-high 3-2 heartbreaker in the 10th inning of Game 5 here Friday night, it was a sad but proud Arizona team that headed toward the offseason.

"We fought to the end," said veteran general manager Kevin Towers, who fixed one of the worst bullpens in history to help pave the way for Arizona's remarkable turnaround. "That's what we did all year long. Never say die.

"We just didn't get last ups."

Indeed, the visiting Diamondbacks took a 1-0 lead early on Justin Upton's homer, fell behind 2-1 and then tied it 2-2 in the top of the ninth inning on Willie Bloomquist's gutty, successful safety squeeze against Brewers closer John Axford.

Axford had converted 43 consecutive save opportunities until Bloomquist's bunt. But the Brewers won it in the bottom of the 10th anyway.

"You look at both clubs and they're equally talented," Towers said. "They got the key hits at the end. If this series was to end the way it probably should have ended, it had to go extra innings."

Diamondbacks club president Derrick Hall checked in with a tweet as the Diamondbacks headed for their charter flight home Friday night: "I have never been prouder of my @dbacks. Those boys fought all year and their heads are held high. Thanks to our great fans."

"We've come a long way," said rookie manager Kirk Gibson, the overwhelming favorite to be named as NL Manager of the Year. "We set goals in the beginning of the year. Unfortunately, we didn't get all the way there. We talked about changing the culture and what does it mean to be a Diamondback.

"And I just told these guys that they should be proud because they've set the stage and the standard for how we want to play. And they've done it all year. Some of these guys will be back on our team. Some guys will move on. I feel like we've given them a positive experience, and they'll all be ambassadors for the game."

Talk about an offseason that will be colder and longer than usual. Given this year's success, the Diamondbacks are certain they're headed in the right direction and already can't wait to get started on 2012.

"The off season is too long," Towers said. "This was a fun group of guys. I'm going to miss being around them this winter. The comeback wins ... they just had a great attitude."

Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: October 10, 2011 6:48 pm

Arizona's Towers: 'We just didn't get last ups'

Hornacek, Apparently you were drinking spiked snakerade while watching the game because Milwaukee was the 8th ranked team in hitting during the regular season ( just behind the Yankees ) and Arizona was 19th ( just ahead of Toronto ). Do your homework dude before you post!

Since: May 19, 2007
Posted on: October 9, 2011 12:59 pm

Arizona's Towers: 'We just didn't get last ups'

Apparently you haven't seen Arizona's hitting stats for the year. Did you even watch the DBacks/Brewers series? Their stats were compared regularly and were quite even.

Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2011 7:07 pm

Arizona's Towers: 'We just didn't get last ups'

Representative from a weak division, the Diamondback's are lucky to have won two at home. There is no hitting in he West and given the way pitching was way ahead of hitting this year it's no surprise that the 'backs went away. Once the NL West figures out hitting is an equaly important part of the post season we'll see that division again, just like in 2010. Lot's of good pitching in the NL now.Best teams will be those who can hit the cover off the ball like the Brewers and the Cardinals.

Since: Nov 19, 2007
Posted on: October 8, 2011 6:44 pm

Arizona's Towers: 'We just didn't get last ups'

Diamondbacks had an amazing season and an even better NLDS.  The way they fought back from a 2-0 deficit and forced extra innings in game 5 definatly raised my blood pressure.  They have a solid core and may very well content in the playoffs next season. 

Good luck!

Go Crew!

Since: Oct 13, 2008
Posted on: October 8, 2011 4:31 pm

Arizona's Towers: 'We just didn't get last ups'

Diamondbacks were a fluke this year. They do this once every few years and fade into oblivion. I look for the same trend to continue.  These guys were the Giants of this year.........except nowhere near as good.

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2011 12:21 pm

Arizona's Towers: 'We just didn't get last ups'

From an admitted Brewer fan ---

This is just a fact...  I still think they need to get another top flight hitter to become elite, but any team with Kennedy & Hudson to anchor their rotation for the next 4 or 5 years is going to have a chance to be real good every year. 

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2011 11:05 am

Arizona's Towers: 'We just didn't get last ups'

Great season.  Early on I did say that they'd not make it out of first round of playoffs.  That they'd make it and doing so is a tremendous sign of success BUT first round would be it.


They can't lose to teams like San Diego and Los Angeles consistently and still not have some work to do.  That "work" is why the first round was far as they'd go.

The tremendous improvement between last year and this year is why Kirk Gibson does deserve Manager of the Year.  So does the old guy in Detroit... :)

The bull pen maybe better but pitching is still an issue.  Consistency is still an issue. 

I am willing to pick them now for Western Division champs next year and at least to the NCLS title series.

I am a fan.

I am impressed.

Great season.

Since: Oct 3, 2010
Posted on: October 8, 2011 2:31 am

Arizona's Towers: 'We just didn't get last ups'

Congratulations to the Diamondbacks on a great season. I have been watching baseball for a long time and that was my favorite team. My favorite was the Ryan Roberts grand slam against the Dodgers at the end of the regular season that capped a six-run comeback. I will miss watching them and I truly believe they were the best team in baseball this year or any other year for that matter. I hope Towers keeps the team the same, and doesn't let anybody go. This is a once-in-a-lifetime team and it's a shame they won't be remembered that way. Nobody wanted most of them, everyone picked them to finish 5th in the NL West. They banded together under Gibby and made a hell of a run.

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