With Spring Training over, the Arizona Diamondbacks head off into the regular season with high hopes and those will be put to the test early against the San Francisco Giants. The Opening Day Roster and Pitching Rotation are what we expect to see in real-life with Stephen Drew on the DL (in my case at AAA since he's still healthy), Willie Bloomquist as the starter and John McDonald as his back-up. The first game we will see Ian Kennedy face off against Tim Lincecum.
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Game 1 Recap
Diamondbacks 3, Giants 1
|San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks|
|Apr 6, 2012||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
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|W: Ian Kennedy(1-0) L: Tim Lincecum(0-1) S: J.J. Putz(1)|
Ian Kennedy was amazing to say the least. He was perfect through 4 1/3 innings until Aubrey Huff took a 3-2 pitch and deposited it into right field for the first hit and run of the day for the Giants. He settled down after that little bump and pitched an amazing 6 2/3 innings while giving up the 1 run on 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out 7. He was pulled for Takashi Saito and he got the Hold with a perfect inning while David Hernandez threw 1/3 of an inning for another Hold. J.J. Putz then came on to pitch an easy 9th for his 1st Save of the young season.
The offense did all their damage against Tim Lincecum in the bottom of the 3rd. The game log sums it up very nicely.
Bloomquist popped out to Belt (P3). Hill doubled to center. Upton lined to left for a single. Young doubled to left, Hill scores, Upton advances to 3rd. Kubel hit a sacrifice fly to Pagan (SF8). Upton scores. Young advances to 3rd. Montero grounded to right for a single. Young scores. Goldschmidt grounded out to Sandoval (5-3), ending the inning.
The Dbacks had 7 hits with 4 of those doubles, with 1 walk and 8 strikeouts. They saw a total of 131 pitches and worked counts all game long. They knocked Lincecum out after 5 innings and him throwing 97 pitches. After Timmeh left, the offense disappeared. Their bullpen pitched a perfect 3 innings of relief.
Game 2 Recap
Diamondbacks 3, Giants 4
|San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks|
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|W: Matt Cain (1-0) L: Daniel Hudson (0-1) S: Brian Wilson(1)|
After an amazing performance the game before by Kennedy, today was the complete opposite for Daniel Hudson as he picked up the loss. Dan just didn't have his best stuff on the mound today. He was charged with 2 earned runs and allowed 4 runs to score. The error should not have been an error as Aaron Hill ranged deep in the hole at 2nd and made an amazing play but the throw was in the dirt. Hudson allowed 6 hits, 3 walks and had 2 K's before Gibby pulled him for Ziegler who allowed 2 hits and an inherited runner to score in his inning of work. Bryan Shaw and Joe Paterson pitched the rest and were perfect.
The Dbacks brought the bats today but couldn't string together any hits beside back to back doubles in the 3rd. Justin Upton led the way with 3 walks to go with his 1st homerun of the season. 10 hits, 3 walks, 2 stolen bases were the good but 9 K's doomed them. The Dbacks had a shot in the 9th but CY lined out to left and Kubel grounded to 3rd to leave the tying run at 2nd.
Game 3 Recap
Diamondbacks 2, Giants 1
|Giants at Diamondbacks ||
|Apr 8, 2012||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||Extras||R||H||E|
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|W: Brad Ziegler (1-0) L: Santiago Casilla (0-1)|
Freddy Sanchez: 2-4, RBI, R
Justin Upton: 3-5, RBI, 2B, R
You gotta hand it to Josh Collmenter and the bullpen today. He went 7 innings and gave up 4 hits, 1 run and had 1 K in route to getting the hard luck no decision. Takashi Saito went and blew it in his 2/3 of an inning by giving up 2 singles back to back and then the sac fly to Theriot. But have no fear, David Hernandez came up big again and closed the rally with a huge strikeout of Buster Posey. Breslow got his first appearance of the season and worked around a leadoff single to keep his appearance to only 1 hit. Ziegler then came in in the 10th and held the fort with his own scoreless inning.
Another game, another low scoring affair. The hits are coming, but usually with 1 or 2 outs in the inning and that shuts all opportunities of scoring. Willie B led the Dbacks with 4 singles and surprisingly good range out there at short. But it was Justin Upton again showing why he is the core of the Dbacks. 3 hits, including the winning run as seen below.
Diamondbacks batting. Hill grounded out to Belt (3U). Upton doubled to center. Lopez pitching. Young walked on a 3-2 pitch. Kubel grounded to right for a single. Upton scores. Young advances to 3rd.
After Gerardo Parra homered in the 7th, the pressure was on Kubel to produce. He had gone 2-11 before his single to right clinched the game for the Dbacks in the bottom of the 10th.
The Dbacks next series will be a 3-game set against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park.
Top 3 Batters
Justin Upton: .500/.643/1.543, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 3 R
Willie Bloomquist: .429/.429/.929 1 SB
Jason Kubel: .250/.286/.702 2 2B, 3 RBI
Bottom 3 Batters
Chris Young: .154/.214/.522 2 K, 2 2B
Miguel Montero: .200/.273/473 4 K
Aaron Hill: .214/.214/.571 3 K, 2 2B,
Top 3 Pitchers
Ian Kennedy: 1.35 ERA, .90 WHIP, 7:2 K/BB
Josh Collmenter: 1.29 ERA, .57 WHIP, 1:0 K/BB
Bryan Shaw: 0.00 ERA, .50 WHIP, 1:1 K/BB
Bottom 2 Pitchers
Daniel Hudson: 3.60 ERA, 1.80 WHIP
Takashi Saito: 5.40 ERA, 1 BS