Gutsy move by Hinch pays off

July 18, 2009 by  

teams_ariArizona Diamondback manager A.J. Hinch made a gutsy call in the top of the 8th inning with pitcher Dan Haren and it ended up paying off. The Diamondbacks had a 2-1 lead on the St. Louis Cardinals and had runners on 2nd and 3rd base with two out. With number 8 hitter Chris Young at the plate, Cardinals manager Tony Larussa walked the .198 hitter Young to force Hinch and the D-backs to pinch hit for Dan Haren. With bases loaded, and winning by only one run, Hinch rolled the dice and allowed Haren to hit. Haren stood there for 5 pitches without swinging the bat and walked in a run giving the D-backs a 3-1 lead.

Catcher Miguel Montero continuted to fill in well for injured starter Chris Snyder going 4-for-5 with two RBI’s including a solo homer in the 6th inning.

Haren continued to make his case for the NL Cy Young Award by going eight innings of 4-hit ball striking out eight. Chad Qualls came in for the 9th inning allowed one run, but picked up hisĀ  17th save of the season.

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W: D. Haren L: A. Wainwright S: C. Qualls


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