J.J. Putz induced a game-ending double play in the ninth inning to save Sunday’s 4-3 victory against the Chicago Cubs and salvage a four-game series split.
Daniel Hudson (2-4) pitched effectively 7IP/ 8H/ 3ER/ 1BB/ 5K to earn the win.
Ryan Roberts walloped his sixth home run of the season in the second inning. The super utility player continues to make his presence known in the starting lineup.
Arizona plated three runs in the fourth inning on a balk, sacrifice bunt, and wild pitch. This was not the most conventional of rallies but runs are runs.
What a difference a day makes? Diamondbacks closer J.J. Putz (0-1) allowed consecutive hits by Darwin Barney and Starlin Castro with two outs in the ninth inning to give the Chicago Cubs a 5-3 win.
Alfonso Soriano enjoys hitting against the Diamondbacks particularly at Chase Field. The Cubs’ outfielder smacked his 10th home run of the season on Saturday and third ‘big fly’ in two games in the desert.
Ian Kennedy pitched another solid ball game following his masterful 3-hit shutout on Monday night. The right-hander fired 7 2/3IP/ 6H/ 3ER/ 1BB/ 6K in the no-decision.
Home runs were the story in the second game of the series. Justin Upton hit another monstrous (455 feet) blast to give the Diamondbacks a 2-0 lead in the first inning. The right fielder continues to display prodigious power this season.
Armando Galarraga (3-2) pitched 7IP/ 3ER/ 1BB/ 2K. The right-hander allowed three solo home runs including two by Alfonso Soriano. Galarraga has surrendered 11 home runs in only 28 innings pitched this season.
Carlos Zambrano (3-1) limited the Diamondbacks offense to only two runs on four hits in his six innings of work to earn the victory.
The Diamondbacks offense was ready to swing the bat during the first game of the four-game weekend series against the Chicago Cubs.
Double. Walk. Hit-by-Pitch. Grand Slam by Stephen Drew opened the scoring in the first inning off Ryan Dempster (1-3) who was awful pitching only 1/3IP/ 4H/ 7ER/ 4BB in his abbreviated 40-pitch outing.
After Miguel Montero grounded out, three consecutive batters reached on walks. Barry Enright and Chris Young followed with singles to extend the lead to 7-0. The game was essentially before over before it started.
Barry Enright (1-2) cruised to his first win of the season after his club staked him to big lead. The right-hander struggled in his previous four starts but the offensive explosion changed the tone of the game.
Montero added a run scoring double in the second inning and a two-run home run in the third inning to pad the lead.
The Diamondbacks conclude their 10-game home stand against the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night. LHP Joe Saunders is scheduled to make the start.
About the Author
Written by Josh Robbins
Josh is a freelance video-journalist and baseball historian in Chandler, Arizona. In 2010, he earned a Master’s Degree in Sport Management from CSU-Long Beach. From June 16 to July 11, 2008, he watched a game in all Thirty Major League Baseball stadiums in a world record 26 days by car. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit his website at Thirty27.com.