The Arizona Diamondbacks played a decent week’s worth of baseball, as they won their series in New York against the Mets and split their series at home against the Washington Nationals. Arizona seems to have the Mets’ number for the season, as they improved to 5-1 against New York for the season.

Last Sunday, the D-backs scored 14 runs against the Mets, taking that series before returning home to Arizona to face the Nationals. The D-backs dropped the first game of the series only to end up splitting the four games with wins on Tuesday and Thursday. The D-backs scored six runs on Tuesday and eight on Thursday, improving to 28-1 on taco nights. For those of you that don’t know, local Taco Bell restaurants have been giving away three free tacos with the purchase of a large drink when the D-backs score six or more runs.

Gonzo's #20 will hang in the rafters at Chase Field permanently starting Saturday night.

Tuesday also happened to be the birthday of third baseman Mark Reynolds. Reynolds has hit three homers on his birthday during his four seasons with the Diamondbacks and on Tuesday he hit another one out. Reynolds says that he is just more comfortable on his birthday and has nothing to attribute the coincidence to but his overall mood on his birthday. Unfortunately, Reynolds and the D-backs received a scare when he was hit in the head with a fastball that sent him out for the game. Reynolds played on Wednesday, but skipped Thursday for some time off.

Coming up this weekend, the D-backs will face off against the San Diego Padres. The Padres sit in possession of first place in the National League West as they visit Chase Field. Friday night is fireworks night as usual, but there is something extra special going on prior to Saturday’s game. Luis Gonzalez will be the first Diamondback to have his number retired on Saturday night, as the team will honor him during a pregame ceremony that afternoon. The first 15,000 fans in attendance will receive commemorative bobbleheads to mark the occasion. Saturday’s game begins at 5:10 p.m.

Sunday’s game has a promotion for the first 5,000 kids ages 12 and younger, who will receive D-backs back-to-school kits in the final game of the D-backs’ home stand.

The Diamondbacks will depart to Milwaukee to face the Brewers in the beginning part of next week for a four-game series. On a positive note, the Diamondbacks are at .500 for the last 30 games as the team continues to improve amidst all of the recent changes.

Last week’s games
Fri, 7/30 at Mets W 9-6
Sat, 7/31 at Mets L 4-5
Sun, 8/1 at Mets W 14-1
Mon, 8/2 Nationals L 1-3
Tue, 8/3 Nationals W 6-1
Wed, 8/4 Nationals L 2-7
Thu, 8/5 Nationals W 8-4
This week’s games
Fri, 8/6 Padres 6:40 p.m. Fox Sports AZ
Sat, 8/7 Padres 5:10 p.m. Fox Sports AZ
Sun, 8/8 Padres 1:10 p.m. Fox Sports AZ
Mon, 8/9 at Brewers 5:10 p.m. Fox Sports AZ
Tue, 8/10 at Brewers 5:10 p.m. Fox Sports AZ
Wed, 8/11 at Brewers 5:10 p.m. Fox Sports AZ
Thu, 8/12 at Brewers 11:10 a.m. MLB.TV