The Last Road Trip: Trends for Sept. 21st-27th

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The Diamondbacks ended their road travels in Colorado and San Francisco. See which players made the biggest impact and which struggled.

The Diamondbacks went 4-3 on their final road trip of the 2012 season through Colorado and San Francisco. They were close to a sweep of the Rockies, then dropped two of three to the Giants' Matt Cain and Barry Zito. They end with a 40-41 record on the road and now need to go 4-2 this last week to end the season above .500.

But before we get too far ahead of ourselves, read on to see how the Diamondbacks performed this last trip.

Starting Rotation

Player Trend Notes
Ian Kennedy
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Kennedy pitched well enough in Coors Field to get his team the win, though he himself earned a no-decision. He allowed four runs on nine hits and two walks in six innings.
Trevor Cahill
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Cahill pitched a little better than Kennedy this week, but he got a loss. Cahill gave up nine hits and one walk, but allowed only three runs (two earned). He threw nearly 30 fewer pitches but was still pulled after six innings.
Wade Miley
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Miley's September continues to... well, to not be good. After five runs in six innings in Coors, he allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits and three walks in just four innings in San Francisco. His ERA has jumped nearly half a point since late August.
Patrick Corbin
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From hero to... negative zero. Corbin did not have a good week. He pitched only three innings in each of his two starts this week. He allowed five runs in Colorado, and six runs in San Francisco. Nearly all of the runs came in just one bad inning.
Josh Collmenter
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On short notice, Josh started in place of Tyler Skaggs against the Giants on Monday night. He pitched very well, giving up just two hits and one run in five innings. He also pitched a scoreless 9th inning on Friday against the Rockies.

Bullpen

Player Trend Notes
Matt Albers
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Albers pitched three scoreless innings in Colorado and SF.
Brad Bergesen
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Bergesen threw two scoreless innings against the Rockies and two innings against the Giants on Tuesday, in which he allowed three hits and one run.
David Hernandez
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Hernandez wasn't seen in the San Francisco series, but earned a hold with s scoreless 8th inning (with two Ks) on Saturday.
J.J. Putz
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J.J. earned saves #31 and #32 in Coloado; the latter he earned by throwing only two pitches.
Matt Lindstrom
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Lindstrom did alright his first two appearances - two innings, two hits, no runs - but, this afternoon, he loaded the bases and got just one out...
Takashi Saito
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Saito came into the 8th inning Tuesday night and allowed one inherited runner to score.
Bryan Shaw
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Shaw pitched a total of five scoreless innings in both cities this week, giving up only two hits and one walk.
Tyler Skaggs
After two short outings from Skaggs, he was shut down for the remainder of the year.
Mike Zagurski
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Zagurski has an ERA of 13.50 from this week - that's three runs in two innings spanning three games.
Brad Ziegler
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Brad gave up his first home run in... well, in what feels like forever, on Monday in Coors Field. It didn't take him as long to give up his next - this afternoon at AT&T. Still, he stranded four runners and piled up two more GIDPs.

Starting Lineup

Player Trend Notes
Adam Eaton
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Eaton hit just .148 this week, but still managed to score five runs. One of his four hits was his second career home run.
Aaron Hill
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Hilly hit an even .3333333etc this week, and that includes going 0-for-8 the last two days in SF. He hit .474/.545/.895/1.440 the first four games of this series, with one home run and eight RBI.
Jason Kubel
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Jason had a good week, especially compared to last. He had six hits on the road trip for an even .300 average. In two of the Rockies games, he went 2-for-4 with two RBI in each.
Paul Goldschmidt
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Did you have any doubt Goldy was going to have a big week, coming to San Francisco? He hit .364/.429/.636/1.065 before going 2-for-4 this afternoon. And of course he had a home run off of Tim Lincecum - he had a career-high five RBI on Monday night.
Miguel Montero
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Miggy hit .292 in a week where he - gasp - got a Sunday afternoon respite from catching duties! Three RBI and also three walks, but eight Ks.
Justin Upton
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A bit of a regression from JUp - a .222 average but did add five walks to that. Just one double, and no RBI.
Chris Johnson
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Johnson was 5-for-11 with a home run and four RBI before getting hit in the hand Sunday in Colorado.
John McDonald
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McDonald was fabulous in Colorado - 6-for-10 (!) with a walk and three RBI - but was 0-for-12 in San Francisco.

Bench

Player Trend Notes
Jake Elmore
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A good week from our backup shortstop - Elmore went 2-for-3 in pinch hit opportunities and 1-for-7 in two starts in SF, making for an even .300 week.
Tyler Graham
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Graham got his first career plate appearance in Colorado, and struck out. He also had another pinch runner appearance.
Mike Jacobs
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Jacobs got his first hit in two and a half years in Colorado on Sunday afternoon, and it came with an RBI. He was 1-for-5 plus a walk.
Wil Nieves
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Nieves was so good in his start on Sunday against the Rockies that Miggy offered to go home! (No, not seriously.) Wil was 4-for-5 against his old team. Overall this week, he was 5-for-7.
Gerardo Parra
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Parra was 4-for-7 with two walks, but that was in just one game in each city. I recall him grimacing in Colorado, I wonder if his limited playing time is related to that.
A.J. Pollock
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Pollock had one pinch hit opportunity in Colorado (0-for-1), and one start in San Francisco (1-for-4).
Cody Ransom
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Ransom was 2-for-3 Sunday afternoon in Colorado, then 1-for-8 in San Francisco. He scored two of the three runs this afternoon.
Konrad Schmidt
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Schmidt ground out in his one pinch hit appearance Tuesday night.
Ryan Wheeler
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Wheeler split time at third base with Cody Ransom after Chris Johnson's injury. He had two hits, one walk, and one RBI.
Chris Young
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CY was able to pinch hit this afternoon in San Francisco, and drove in two of the three runs with a single.

Disabled List

Player Trend Notes
Henry Blanco
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Blanco was transferred to the 60-day DL, so he won't be back this season.
Willie Bloomquist
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Willie is still out with a sore back and didn't make the road trip at all.
Daniel Hudson
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Huddy's still on the rehab train, working its way into the station... verrry slowly...

Stats run from 9/21 - 9/27.

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