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Owings Goes Yard, Keys Comeback

Micah Owings is not only an excellent pitcher, he also knows how to swing a bat.

The Arizona Diamondbacks hurler nailed an opposite-field, pinch-hit homer Wednesday in the sixth inning of his team's 8-7 victory over the Houston Astros. He smoked the first pitch he saw from reliever Dave Borkowski to tie it up at 7 before Chris Young followed him up with a double, going on to score the go-ahead run on an Eric Byrnes base hit.

One year after earning a silver-slugger award for hitting .333, Owings has raised his batting average to .421 (8-for-19) on the season. The 26-year-old righty has five career homers in 79 at bats over his two big league seasons, this marking his first pinch-hit bomb.

There's no doubt Owings is the best pitching hitter in the game these days, but his numbers on the hill aren't so bad, either: 4-0 with a 3.48 ERA in 2008.

Meanwhile, the 20-8 D'Backs became baseball's first 20-game winner, by racking up a franchise-best 19 April victories and winning eight of their last nine series. The lone loss? A split two-game set against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Not bad at all.

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leemellon said...

actually, the only series the diamondbacks have lost thus far was the opening series in cincinatti (in march!). they won every series they played in april.