Record: 22-26. Pace: 74-88. Change on last season: -2
The last time the Diamondbacks won a series at home, the stadium was still called Bank One Ball Park, the losing pitcher was Mariano Rivera, and Luis Gonzalez knocked in the winning run with a walk off bloop single. Okay, it hasn't actually been that long, but it sure was beginning to feel like it. In addition to being a chance to win only our second home series this year, it was the return of Daniel Hudson from the DL. Would the Good Guys win the series? Would Hudson have a good start? Hit the jump for all the details!
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|WP: Bryan Shaw (1 - 2)
SV: J.J. Putz (11)
LP: Jose Veras (3 - 2)
Top of the first, the Brewers tried to get something going quick, with Norichika Aoki and Ryan Braun getting back-to-back one out singles. This was Hudson's return, however, and he would not allow himself to be roughed up this early. The next batter up was George Kattaras. On a 1-2 fastball, Hudson got him to ground into a 6-4-3 double play.
Randy Wolf started the game for the Brewers today, and for the first three innings, the Diamondbacks couldn't manage much off of him. Other than a Hill double, they only got two other people on base, one on a walk, and the another on a single. Then Paul Goldschmidt came to the plate in the bottom of the fourth, with two outs. By the end of his at-bat, the home team had a one, nothing lead on a home run that ESPN reported was the longest hit at Chase this year at 471 feet. Ryan Roberts followed that up with a base hit, but true to Dback form, was promptly picked
The Brewers didn't like that much, and showed their displeasure at this turn of events. Taylor Green lead off the top of the fifth with a double. Cody Ransom comes to the plate, the recent Diamondback, singled him home to tie the game. But they weren't done there. Ransom then advanced to second on a Hudson wild pitch, and then to third on a Nyjer Morgan ground out. Cory Hart came to the plate, and took care of the fact that the game was tied. He singled, which easily brought home Ransom. Aoki K'd to end the inning, but the damage was done.
This was the end of Hudson's night, but it was a very solid return from injury. Other than fifth, he only gave up three hits and a walk. It was a little short, but that's to be expected after a more than a month break.
After the Diamondbacks only managed a Bloomquist single in the bottom of the fifth, Gibson called on Mike Zagurski to pitch in the sixth. If anyone can explain this to me, I'll be eternally grateful. Moving on, Zagurski showed once again why he should never be used for anything other than mop up work where the game is out of hand either
He managed to get one out on a fly out to Chris Young, but that was the only out he got today. He then proceeded to give up two walks, an RBI double, and another walk to load the bases. With the score now 3-1, Gibby had seen enough, and called in Shaw to put out the fire. And put out the fire, he did. One pitch, and he got a 6-2-3 double play, the third the team had recorded up to that point.
In the bottom of the sixth, the offense finally woke up. Aaron Hill lead off with a double, Jason Kubel drove him in with a single, Goldy reached on an error, Ryan Roberts got an RBI single, and Henry Blanco got another to drive in what turned out to be the winning run.
That was pretty much it for either team, with both of them only managing one baserunner each from there on. J. J. Putz came in for a save that could have used a bit more Easy Button, but it was pretty good, nonetheless.
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Rin-tin-tin: J.J. Putz, +16.6%
101 Dalmatians: Hill, +15.8%; Kubel, +15.7%; Roberts, +12.7%, Hernandez, +12.2%
Goldschmidt, +11.3\%; Shaw, +10.7%; Blanco, +10.5%
Bad dog!: Mike Zagurski, -18.8%
Old Yellers: Young, -15.5%; Upton, -13.1%
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