Sloppy Play Demise in L.A.

May 31, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

The Arizona Diamondbacks have now lost eight in a row as they struggle to earn a win and battle with sub-par relief pitching. While the current road trip does not look to be any less of a challenge for the Diamondbacks, it is one that they surely hope will make things will turn around for the team. In a less than familiar story, the cause of the Diamondbacks’ troubles were not centered around relief for the game against the Dodgers but plays on the field. Despite this, a play during D-backs’ relief pitching would cost the team the game. Rodrigo Lopez would face Chad Billingsley in a night game at Dodger stadium that was highlighted by the return of Dodger right fielder Andre Ethier. Read more

W: Lopez L: Billingsley


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Bullpen blows lead then game in extra innings as D-backs swept again

May 30, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

A week ago the Arizona Diamondbacks looked like they may have steadied the ship, but then they hit the road this week and got swept in back-to-back series by division rivals Colorado and the San Francisco Giants.

The D-backs were able to ride strong pitching from Ian Kennedy and head into the ninth inning with a 5-3. Kennedy, who has probably been the D-backs best pitcher this year allowed only two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out six. Kennedy left after the sixth inning and now has a 3.38 ERA on the season.

The D-backs would take a 5-3 lead into the last of the ninth when manager A.J. Hinch would turn to “closer” Chad Qualls. Qualls would blow his fourth save opportunity this year. This year Qualls has pitched 17.2 innings and allowed 31 hits and 15 earned runs. Batters are hitting .383 off Qualls this year, it may be time for the D-backs to go a different route with the bullpen and start from scratch.

Carlos Rosa, while far from perfect, has been one of the better bullpen members over the last three weeks. But Rosa would allow a run on three hits in the tenth recording the loss.

Kelley Johnson was 4-for-4 on the day with two runs scored and catcher Chris Snyder was 2-for-4 with a homer and two knocked in.

The D-backs are now nine games behind division leaders San Diego and tied for the second worst record in the NL.

W: B. Wilson L: C. Rosa S: none


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Cain almost perfect against D-backs

May 29, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The story of the day was not the Arizona Diamondbacks losing their fifth straight game or them now being out-homered on the current road trip 10-to-1, the story of the day was a near perfect game pitched by San Francisco Giants starter Matt Cain.

The D-backs offense continues to struggle as only third baseman Mark Reynolds reached base against the Giants. Reynolds reached base on a double in the second inning and was hit by a pitch in the fifth. Cain finished his nine scoreless innings with only the one hit and nine strikeouts.

Edwin Jackson pitched better than he has most of the season allowing three runs on four hits and five walks while striking out seven in his seven innings of work. Chad Qualls would come into the eighth inning and two runs on three hits and a walk.

W: M. Cain L: E. Jackson S: none


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D-backs extend losing streak to four

May 27, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The Arizona Diamondbacks were trying to snap a three game losing streak when they sent Dan Haren to the mound against the Colorado Rockies. A win would also mean the D-backs only lost one game to the Rockies and not three games during the series of games. Instead Dan Haren allowed four homes and the D-backs recorded their fourth loss in a row after winning four in a row.

Dan Haren is having anything but his typical start to the season. With this loss he has slipped to 5-4 with a 5.35 ERA and has allowed 16 home runs in 11 games. Ten in his last three games.

The D-backs have now allowed 82 homers on the season, compare that to the 31 the Rockies have allowed. The worst came in the seventh inning as Haren allowed back-to-back-to-back homers.

The offense also continued to struggle scoring only two runs in the game. Both runs came in the sixth inning on RBIs by Chris Young and Chris Snyder. Stephen Drew continues to be the most consistent bat going 2-for-3 on the day with a walk and is now hitting .310.

The D-backs home to right the course tomorrow as they head to San Francisco.

W: J. Hammel L: D. Haren S: none


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D-backs fall to Rockies in 3-2 game

May 26, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Arizona Diamondbacks starter Ian Kennedy did all he could to keep his team in the game against the Colorado Rockies, but the D-backs fell just short. Kennedy fell to 3-3 on the season with a 3.41 ERA after only lasting five innings. Kennedy allowed three earned runs on five hits and four walks while surrendering two homers.

Kennedy allowed two of the three runs on homers. The first homer came in the two-run second off Brad Hawpe’s bat. Kennedy also allowed a solo shot to Troy Tulowitzki in the third.

The D-backs got on the board in the sixth inning when Conor Jackson drove in Kelly Johnson with a double. Jackson would then score the second run of the inning off the bat of Justin Upton.

The D-backs are now 20-26 on the season in last place in the NL west 6 games in back of San Diego and 3.5 games behind the fourth place Rockies.

W: J. Chacin L: I. Kennedy S: M. Corpas


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