Last week’s games
04/16 — PADRES 6, D-backs 3
04/17 — PADRES 5, D-backs 0
04/18 — PADRES 5, D-backs 3
04/19 — CARDINALS 4, D-backs 2
04/20 — D-BACKS 9, Cardinals 7
04/21 — CARDINALS 9, D-backs 4
This week’s games
04/23 — D-backs vs. Phillies, 6:40 p.m., MLBTV
04/24 — D-backs vs. Phillies, 5:10 p.m., Fox Sports Arizona
04/25 — D-backs vs Phillies, 1:10 p.m., Fox Sports Arizona
04/26 — D-backs @ Rockies, 5:40 p.m., Fox Sports Arizona
04/27 — D-backs @ Rockies, 5:40 p.m., Fox Sports Arizona
04/28 — D-backs @ Rockies, 12:10 p.m., Fox Sports Arizona
04/29 – D-backs @ Cubs, 11:20 a.m., Fox Sports Arizona
The Arizona Diamondbacks have struggled to get some wins as of late, but it has not been without some decent performances from the team. Most of the losses have come as a result of poor performances from their pitching relief, as the D-backs boast some of the most runs produced by a National League West team. After returning from a couple of tough visits on the road, the D-backs were able to snap a five-game losing streak by beating the mighty Cardinals at home. Despite losing the series against St. Louis, the story was, once again, the bullpen.
The D-backs’ schedule is not getting easier any time soon, as the team prepares to face the Philadelphia Phillies for a three-game homestand. In addition to some good baseball, there are some more reasons why you should get out to Chase Field this weekend. The weekend is booked with fan promotions as Arizona will face one of the toughest teams in the National League.
On Friday, the D-backs will host Fireworks Night after the game. The best place to sit after the game is anywhere facing the Washington Street parking garage, as the fireworks are usually launched from that location. Attendees will be allowed to move once the game has completed to get a better view of the show. On Saturday, the first 15,000 fans will receive a commemorative All-Star Justin Upton bobblehead doll for attending the game. Finally, on Sunday, the first 5,000 kids 12 and under will receive a D-backs ballcap.
There is plenty going on in and around Chase Field this weekend. So, if you are looking for something to do, get out there and catch a game. Remember that every Sunday is family day and is a great day to bring the kids out to the game. On Monday, the team begins an 11-game road trip that includes the Rockies, the Cubs and the Astros. With some challenging teams coming up on the schedule, it looks to be the perfect opportunity for the Arizona Diamondbacks to make a statement and a comeback.
Chase Field is accessible via the 3rd Street and Washington/Jefferson light rail stations.
Previous week’s games
4/18/10 Blazers 105, SUNS 100
4/20/10 SUNS 119, Blazers 90
Upcoming week’s games
4/22/10 SUNS @ Blazers, 7 p.m., My45, NBATV
4/24/10 SUNS @ Blazers, 1:30 p.m., My45, TNT
4/26/10 SUNS vs Blazers, 7:30 p.m., Fox Sports Arizona, TNT
With the best-of-seven Western Conference quarterfinals series between the Phoenix Suns and Portland Trailblazers shifting to Oregon tonight all knotted up at a game a piece, Suns Spot has decided to take a look at the three keys to the Purple Gang picking up a win tonight and taking back home court advantage.
1. Jump on Portland early
The Suns need to come out with the same intensity to start game three that they had to start game two. Force Portland into taking bad shots, grab the boards and run. The crowd at the Rose Garden is sure to be fired up, so Phoenix would be wise to take them out from the get-go. If the guys from Planet Orange can pick up the tempo early, the Trailblazers won’t have the offensive firepower to keep up, and we could see another one-sided affair.
On the flip side, if Portland is able to control the pace and turn the game into a grind-it-out dogfight, Phoenix can still be greatly effective. Just feed the ball to Grant Hill or Jason Richardson and let them pound the Blazer guards on the inside and all will be well on Planet Orange.
2. Amar’e must be aggressive
In game one of the series, Suns forward Amar’e Stoudemire showed Portland center Marcus Camby way too much respect. I’m not sure if it was in STAT’s head or what, but he forced too many jump shots on Sunday. In game two on Tuesday, Stoudemire did a much better job of attacking Camby and the other Portland bigs and earned some more free throws for his efforts. Camby may be a good defender, but if Amar’e attacks him, Amar’e will get his way. Amar’e is just too big and fast for Camby to shut down. Sure, Camby will cause some problems and stop him on occasion, but at the end of the day, this is a battle Amar’e will win.
While Amar’e’s scoring totals from the first two games were identical, the second game was a much more effective performance. When he is aggressive and driving hard to the basket, he not only gets to the charity stripe, but he also causes the opposition’s defense to collapse. As a result, outside-shooting Suns like Jason Richardson benefited greatly by getting a little more space to get off wide-open looks. If Amar’e continues to be aggressive on the offensive end, this series is in the bag for Phoenix.
3. Shut down Andre Miller
Without Brandon Roy, Portland’s only shot to even remain competitive in this series is to make sure Andre Miller has an explosion on the offensive end, much like he did in game one. In game two, Suns coach Alvin Gentry made a great defensive adjustment by placing Grant Hill on Miller. Miller basically has no outside jumper, so he must back down his defender to score. With the taller Hill and Jared Dudley putting a body on him, Miller was virtually useless in the second game. Phoenix must come out with this same plan in game three. Shut down Miller, and the game is over before it starts.
If you’re curious to see if the Suns can implement these keys into a victory, be sure to head over to Native New Yorker in Tempe (1301 E. Broadway Rd.) where the Suns will be hosting a playoff viewing party along with Sports 620 KTAR and Budweiser.
The Gorilla, along with members of the Sunsationals and Verve Sol Patrol, will tip-off the festivities at 6:30 p.m. with contests and giveaways. Suns Ring of Honor member Alvan Adams will also be on hand to visit with fans and sign autographs.
Today is Earth Day, and when you’re out and about on your lunchtime break, make sure to head over to Cesar Chavez Plaza (across from City Hall between Washington and Jefferson and 1st and 3rd avenues) for Phoenix’s eco-friendly celebration. You’ll be able to learn about recycling and sustainability, and meet lots of like-minded folks looking to better the earth. There will be plenty of information to gather, and lots to take home for everyday use. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Check it out!
For more information, visit the Earth Day Phoenix website.
From the Arizona Room is a weekly column examining the historic, reuse and infill structures in Downtown Phoenix. The inspiration for this column stems from the ever-expanding resources in Burton Barr Central Library’s Arizona Room (located on the fourth floor). For further information on this and other historic structures in the area, visit the Arizona Room during normal library hours.
622 E. Adams St. in Copper Square
Just across the pathway from Pizzeria Bianco in Heritage Square sits the Teeter House. It has been many things during its storied past, including a single-family residence, events space, live music hub and most recently an English-style tea parlor. Its evolution will continue this summer, as famed Valley chef Nobuo Fukuda opens Nobuo at the Teeter House in the reworked but carefully preserved space.
Built in 1899, the 1.5-story home is a classic Neo-Colonial Revival example, with common brickwork and a stone foundation. The recessed porch, a quality shared with several other buildings in Heritage Square, features Colonial columns, a clear sign of a well-built home from that era. The hip roof, another common trait of the era, includes a boxed cornice and wood shingles.
You may sometimes see the home coined the “Teeter-Bouvier House” in historical documents, referring to the home’s builder, Leon Bouvier. Bouvier purchased the home site in 1898, and built the home a year later to serve as a rental property. A Canadian cattleman and flour mill owner, Bouvier came to Arizona in 1877 to boost business in the expanding Southwest. Ironically, his legacy is left with the Teeter House, which is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Teeter House is easily accessible from the light rail station at 3rd St and Washington/Jefferson.
Source: City of Phoenix Historical/Architectural Survey of City-Owned Properties, Aug. 1986.
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The Arizona Diamondbacks are looking solid at the beginning of the season as they continue to perform well against their opponents. On the heels of the San Francisco Giants and tied with Colorado, Arizona continues to prove that they will be a force to be reckoned with in the 2010 baseball season. The team is currently in Southern California as they attempted to win their first series against the Los Angeles Dodgers since the summer of 2007. The D-backs will also face the San Diego Padres, who gave the team a run for its money while at Chase Field in the home-opening series.
Losing the Dodgers’ home opener, the Diamondbacks persevered to earn a 9-7 win on Wednesday night that went 11 innings and was five hours long, going into the early hours of the morning in Los Angeles. In the final game of the series, the two teams would exchange the lead twice, with the Dodgers coming out on top. Despite the loss, the D-backs are well on pace of winning three series before they did last season, when the team did not win their third series until May. The team made a valiant effort on Thursday as they lost the game in extra innings.
The D-backs will return to Phoenix to face some pretty challenging teams, as the St. Louis Cardinals are on the schedule for Monday. The Cardinals have been solid for the past few years, as Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday bring the lumber to Chase Field. Chris Carpenter is also a pretty challenging pitcher for the entire league to face, as the pitchers for the series have yet to be nailed down.
The D-backs will look to maintain their momentum as the relief staff has shown signs of inconsistency but is not quite as bad as last year. The team has also executed on some excellent defense, despite the two errors on Thursday night, and appears to be doing a pretty good job of providing more run support than the team of last year.
Most fans may already know that taking advantage of the METRO light rail is an excellent way to dodge the parking fees and get to the ballpark. If you are meeting up with a group, there are plenty of places nearby to grab some food or a pregame beverage. So, throw on your D-backs gear and get to the game anyway that you know how to support your team as they prepare to face off against some of the toughest teams in the National League East.