Bats finally come alive for Haren

April 27, 2009 by  

teams_ariArizona Diamondbacks staring pitcher Dan Haren finally got the offensive support he deserves and picked up his second win of the year. Haren pitched a complete game allowing only three hits and two runs while striking out ten and walking none. Haren allowed both of his runs on homers, one to Alfonso Soriano to lead off the game and the second to third baseman Mike Fontenot in the eigth inning.

Chicago Cubs starter Ted Lilly had his roughest outing of the season showing rare control issues. Lilly lasted five innings allowing six hits and five runs with four walks. D-backs third baseman Mark Reynolds had reached third base in the second inning and threatened to tie the game at one when Justin Upton hit a long fly to right field, but right fielder Kosuke Fukudome threw out Reynolds at home.

Arizona would get the tying run in the third when catcher Chris Snyder hit his first home run of the season. In the fourth inning Lilly loaded the bases including two walks and Dan Haren came to the plate and helped give himself a little cushion. Haren, who has had dismal run support this year, took matters into his own hand and delivered a two-run double that gave the D-backs a 3-1 lead.

The Diamondbacks showed good aggressiveness on the base paths in the win as they swiped six against the Cubbies. Both Mark Reynolds and Chris Young had two stolen bases.

With today’s win Haren improved to 2-3 with a 1.54 ERA.

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W: D. Haren L: T. Lilly S: None

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