Record: 8-8. Pace: 81-81. Change on last season: 0
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|WP: Ian Kennedy (3 - 0)
SV: J.J. Putz (5)
LP: Randall Delgado (2 - 1)
The heavy lifting in this game for the DBacks came during a two out rally in the bottom of the 2nd. Down 0-1 after getting a Michael Bourn manufactured run in the first inning, Miguel Montero and Paul Goldschmidt went down quietly before stringing together a Jason Kubel single followed by a Cody Ransom double with 2 outs. Atlanta starter Randall Delgado then intentionally walked John McDonald to bring up IPK with the bases loaded. Helping his own cause, Ian proceeded to watch 4 balls sail by and happily walked down to first, "driving" in Kubel and giving Ian his first RBI on the year, tying the game 1-1. Delgado then missed his first pitch to the leadoff man in Gerardo Parra, and, clearly having issues finding the zone, decided to try and groove a pitch straight down the middle of the plate. Parra mercilessly proceeded to deposit the offering into the pool area for the first Dback grand slam of the season to put the DBacks up 5-1. Aaron Hill struck out to end the inning, but the damage was clearly done.
If you thought that may spark the offense to get to Delgado, well...you were wrong. Outside of Montero getting flat out robbed of a HR by a beautiful play by Martin Prado in left, the only other offense mustered off the Braves starter came through a few free passes by way of two walks and two hit batters. A Gerardo Parra single and stolen base followed by an Aaron Hill double pushed across an insurance run off reliever Cristhian Martinez in the bottom of the 7th to finish off DBacks scoring for the day.
On the other side of the coin, the Braves kept hitting, most notably the top third of their order. Michael Bourn and Freddie Freeman continued destroying the ball to the tune of a combined 4 for 5 with a pair of walks, and every starter outside of Brian McCann had at least one hit on the day. Despite this, Kennedy bent but did not break, allowing only 3 runs over 7 innings while giving up nine hits and two walk against five strikeouts, in large part due to some stellar defense behind him, with a few timely double plays and big time gems in the field turned in by McDonald, Goldschmidt, and Kubel. The back end of the bullpen took over with a 6-3 lead to lock down the victory, and although Hernandez was back to his old dominant self, JJ had another slightly worrying hiccup in form of a Juan Francisco solo longball, but settled down to close out Ian's 3rd victory on the season and get the DBacks off of their frustrating 5 game skid. Time to start a streak going the other direction, guys.
The Phillies come into town tomorrow, and with tomorrow's starters matchup of Daniel Hudson vs. Cliff Lee, we may be in for quite the pitcher's duel. Wait, what's that you say? 15 day-DL you say? For BOTH of them, you say? Well...I guess we can settle for Kyle Kendrick vs. TBA, then. Thanks a lot Baseball Gods.
A widely spread thread, with 30 commentators, even though the total was below 500. Soco topped out in the low 90's, with jjwaltrip and NASCARbernet cracking 50. Also present: snakecharmer, Backin'the'Backs, asteroid, Jim McLennan, Rockkstarr12, dbacks25, Muu, grimmy01, Cardscrazy247, 4 Corners Fan, The so-called Beautiful, Augdogs, piratedan7, AzDbackfanInDc, Turambar, Counsellmember, Jdub220, Zavada's Moustache, CaptainCanuck, luckycc, Clefo, SenSurround, SongBird, TylerO, Stile4aly, Gibbysdad and dbacks79. Comment of the day comes to us, thanks to TylerO!