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Diamondbacks clinch NL West title

Posted on: September 24, 2011 12:17 am
 
By Matt Snyder

For the fifth time in franchise history -- in 14 total seasons -- the Arizona Diamondbacks are National League West champions. They entered Friday night with a magic number of one and were facing the Giants. Considering there were six games left in the season and that the D-Backs had a six-game lead, winning the West was pretty much a foregone conclusion. Still, getting the victory right away had to be nice. They can now start planning for the NLDS.

Friday night's game packed some serious drama. The D-Backs trailed 1-0 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning. They tied it in the seventh and then in the eighth, a two-out, two-run triple by rookie Paul Goldschmidt gave them the lead for good.

The Diamondbacks previously won the NL West in 1999, 2001, 2002 and 2007.

This one has to be especially sweet, though. Arizona had finished in last place the past two seasons and was coming off a 97-loss season. Heading into 2011, the national consensus was pretty much that the Diamondbacks would finish last again, but behind a tough manager (Kirk Gibson), a Cy Young candidate (Ian Kennedy) and an MVP candidate (Justin Upton), they became one of the best stories in baseball by going worst-to-first.

Arizona only trails the Brewers by one game for the second-best record in the NL. Assuming the Braves hold on in the wild card, and considering what happened Friday night it's likely, the No. 2 seed will avoid playing the Phillies in the first round and instead get the Braves. That feels important enough to keep playing for wins, though setting up the playoff rotation will take precedent over everything come next Monday through Wednesday.

For now, though, it's time for Arizona to celebrate ... for the fifth time in 14 years.

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Posted on: December 7, 2011 8:19 pm
 

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Since: Jan 5, 2009
Posted on: September 24, 2011 12:09 pm
 

Diamondbacks clinch NL West title

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Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: September 24, 2011 3:21 am
 

Diamondbacks clinch NL West title

Congrats to the Arizona Diamondbacks 2011 NL West Champions.


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