D-back blow lead, but rebound for win in 18 innings

June 7, 2009 by  

teams_ariI have to give credit to Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch for the way he handled his bench and pitching staff in the 18-inning win over the San Diego Padres. Hinch could be criticized for some of his moves with the pitching staff this year, but today he easliy out-managed Padres skipper Bud Black.

Dan Haren started the game for the D-backs and was his usual dominant self going seven innings and allowing only one run on a homer in the 7th inning. The offense gave Haren the support he needed scoring four runs in the fifth inning and two more in the sixth. Stephen Drew raised his average to .248 going 4-for-8. Josh Whitesell knocied in three runs on a double.

Haren left the game after the 7th with a 6-1 lead and replaced by Tony Pena. Pena seemed to regain his form somewhat pitching a scoreless inning despite allowing one walk and one hit. Juan Guitierrez started the 9th inning and after getting into trouble was relieved by Chad Qualls. Guitierrez and Qualls combined to allow five runs to the Padres in the 9th inning.

The D-backs bullpen would hold the Padres scoreless and hitless for nine extra innings while Bud Black burned through his bullpen. Entering the 18th inning the Padres had short stop Josh Wilson take the hill and after going 0-for-6 in the game Reynolds made the Padres pay with a 3-run shot that broke the game open.

The D-backs win moved their all time record to 8-0 in games going 15 innings or more.

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W: L. Rosales L: J. Wilson S: None

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