D-backs bullpen faulters agaisnt Cubs

April 30, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

The Arizona Diamondbacks once against had bullpen issues as they faltered late against the Chicago Cubs. D-backs starter Rodrigo Lopez was cruising through five innings of work before the wheels came off in the sixth. With one out a pop-up back towards the mound should have got the D-backs out of the inning, but the ball wound up between Lopez and first baseman Adam LaRoche and the two collided.

After the inning the Cubs turned a 4-2 deficit into a 6-4 lead. Catcher Chris Snyder would help close the gap in the top of the 7th to 6-5 with his fourth homer of the year but that would not last long. Over the next two innings Arizona relievers Blaine Boyer, Aaron Heilman and Kevin Mulvey would allow five runs on four hits five walks and Mulvey would allow two homers in his inning of work.

Shortstop Stephen Drew, third baseman Mark Reynolds and center fielder Cole Gillespie would each pick up two hits on the day for Arizona. The Diamondbacks send ace Dan Haren to the mound tomorrow against Cubs ace Carlos Silva.

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W: R. Wells L: R. Lopez S: none

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LaRoche’s 2 homers help D-backs down Cubbies

April 29, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

The Arizona Diamondbacks are now four games into their 11 game road trip and have a 3-1 record. Today it was the bats of  first baseman Adam LaRoche and second baseman Kelly Johnson who helped the D-backs to score double digits for the second day in a row on the road. LaRoche went 3-for-4 on the day, hit two homers, scored three times and knocked in five runs.

If you were told one month into the season a D-back was going to be leading the NL in homers you would think maybe that batter would be LaRoche, or Mark Reynolds, or even Justin Upton. I doubt many would guess that batter would be second baseman Kelly Johnson with 9 homers. Johnson only hit eight round trippers all last season with the Atlanta Diamondbacks. Johnson was 4-for-5 with three RBIs in the leadoff position for Arizona who is now .500 on the season.

Last season catcher Chris Snyder lost his job to Miguel Montero after Snyder miss extended time with an injury and Montero left his mark at the plate. This season Snyder is looking to take his job back after Montero was injured earlier this year. Snyder was 2-for-5 with three RBIs and is now hitting .278 on the year.

The biggest difference from the double digit performance today and yesterday was the pitching. Ian Kennedy went eight innings and allowed five runs on six hits and a walk. Daniel Stange made his first appearance of the season in the ninth and was perfect in his one inning of relief.

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W: I. Kennedy L: T. Tlilly S: none

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After jumping out to a 6-0 lead D-backs need to rally in 10th to win

April 28, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

After splitting the first two games of the series, division rivals Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies  played a day game today to decide who would take the series win. Arizona sent Kris Benson to the mound in the bottom of the first inning with a 6-0 lead. Chris Young had the big hit in the first inning with a three run homer off starter Greg Smith. On the day Young was 2-for-4 with a walk and five RBIs.

Benson entered the third inning of work with a 6-1 lead. The Rockies were able to get the bases loaded in the third inning before Benson was able to record an out. Benson was then removed from the game with soreness in his shoulder. Leo Rosales relieved Benson and by the time the inning was over the Rockies had a 7-6 lead. The Rockies would add another four in the fourth off Rosales and before you knew it the 6-0 lead had turned into an 11-6 deficit for Arizona. After Rosales was removed the bullpen buckled down and held the Rockies scoreless for the next six innings.

The D-backs got three runs back in the top of the fifth inning and two in the eight to force an 11-11 tie which it would remain into the 10th. Kelly Johnson hit his eighth homer of the year to lead off the 10th inning and giving the D-backs a 12-11 lead. Juan Gutierrez would come on in the 10th and set the Rockies down in order recording his first save of the year.

The D-backs now head to Chicago for a series against the Cubs.

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W: B. Howry L: F. Morales S: J. Gutierrez

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Jackson rocked as D-backs fall to Rockies

April 27, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

The Colorado Rockies today evened the series against the Arizona Diamondbacks at one game each. The Rockies scored more than twice as many runs as the D-backs had hits. The D-backs were unable to get to starter Ubaldo Jimenez who has had a spectacular season so far including a no-hitter. Jimenez went six scoreless innings today allowing only two hits and walking two while striking out six and lowering his season ERA to 0.79.

The D-backs sent Edwin Jackson to the mound and the Arizona starter was not effective. Jackson lasted only 2.1 innings allowing 10 runs on 11 hits and walking two. Jackson saw his ERA raise from 3.81 to 6.67 on the season. Jackson was relieved by Blaine Boyer who also struggled going 2 innings and allowing two runs on three hits and four walks. The bright spot for the D-backs staff was reliever Bob Howry who has struggled to find his groove this year, but tonight was effective going 2.2 scoreless innings and only allowing two hits and one walk.

Carlos Gonzalez once again hurt his former team going 3-for-5 with five runs batted in and is now hitting .342 on the season. Justin Upton had one of the five hits on the night for the D-backs and knocked in their only run which was Upton’s 7th of the season.

The D-backs will send Kris Benson to the mound tomorrow night to try to get the series win and to close back to within one game of .500 on the season.

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W: U. Jimenez L: E. Jackson S: none

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Haren and LaRoche lead D-backs over Rockies

April 26, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Arizona Diamondbacks headed out on an 11 game road trip with ace Dan Haren on the mound. Haren pitched eight innings leading Arizona past the Colorado Rockies in Colorado. Arizona’s win was the third in the last four games and moved the D-backs to two games behind San Diego and San Francisco.

In the first inning with two outs Justin Upton would draw a walk then newly named NL Player of the Week Mark Reynolds hit a signle. First baseman Adam LaRoche would follow with his second homer of the season with a 2-out three run homer off Rockies starter Jason Hammel. LaRoche would go 1-for-2 on the day with two walks.

Former D-backs minor league star Carlos Gonzales would lead off against Haren with a home run. Haren would then shut out the Rockies until the the eighth inning before he allowed another run to score. Gonzales would also knock in the second run with a double.

The D-backs would head into the bottom of the 9th with a 5-3 lead before the fun would begin once again. Closer Chad Qualls walked Todd Helton start the inning and would allow two singles which lead to another run before Qualls got Jason Giambi to end the game with a strike out.

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W: D. Haren L: J. Hammel S: C. Qualls

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