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Diamondbacks Ups and Down: June 22-28

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Win three straight, lose three straight, get a walk-off win in the bottom of the ninth, after blowing the save in the top. Just another week in Diamondbackland, though we were outscored again, 28-34. That's been the standard for the month of June to date; we have a winning record at 14-12, despite being outscored by the opposition, 109-116.  We appear to be adopting the Giants' road to winning baseball... Enough team chit-chat. How did the individuals making up the D-backs roster do over the past seven days?

Rotation Trend Notes
Ian Kennedy Two extended starts from IPK, getting the win over the Royals for six innings of one-run ball, then being robbed of the decision by J.J. Putz's ninth-inning issue against the Indians in the opener of this series on Monday. Struck out a dozen batters over those 14 innings, but did allow 16 hits and a trio of walks. Still, a 3.21 ERA for the week is fine by me.
Daniel Hudson As last week, anything Ian can do, Dan can do better. He also allowed five runs, but in one more inning, giving Arizona a pair of quality starts. He got [copy... paste...] the win over the Royals for seven innings of three-run ball, then was robbed of the decision by J.J. Putz's ninth-inning issue against the Indians last night. Only six K in 15 IP, but a 3.00 ERA.
Joe Saunders Saunders continues to improve, becoming a strong #3 behind the two above. He held the Tigers to one run over seven innings, striking out eight, which tied a season high, but got a no-decision. Four of his five outings this month have been seven innings, allowing three innings or less, giving Saunders an ERA for June of 2.91. Maybe worth keeping him for 2012?
Barry Enright *** Got the win for Reno against Sacramento, with 6.1 innings of two-run ball, and a K:BB ratio of 9:2, the former his best number to date for the Aces. Has held opponents to a .210 average in Triple-A, which given Reno's altitude, is very good.
Armando Galarraga # Still on the 7-Day DL with "shoulder stiffness." Missing entirely, as far as I can tell.
Josh Collmenter
The theory that teams do less well seeing Collmenter for the first time was a nice one, but is now on shaky ground after his outing in Detroit. The Tigers got to him for ten hits in six innings, along with a couple of walks, leading to four runs, all earned. He has lost three straight, with an ERA of seven in those outings. Time for a change?
Zach Duke
Last time out, I referred to Zach as the "Duke of Hurl" - it's becoming increasingly the case that he deserves the name, because fans want to hurl things during his starts. He lasted four innings in Detroit, being tagged with all six runs on seven hits and three walks. A 5.73 ERA since he returned from the DL, which is not what we hoped for.


J.J. Putz
Did save three straight on the road-trip, allowing one straight in three innings, but took a L and BS on Monday and Tuesday. Point to ponder: Putz's ERA at Chase is 5.03; but out of town, it's only 0.60. Maybe we should have a home closer and a road closer?
David Hernandez
One outing doomed Hernandez to take the down escalator this week, being charged with four runs in Detroit without retiring a batter. In line with my above suggestion, Hernandez had a road ERA of 5.60, but at Chase, it's only 1.47. Put the pieces together yourself.
Juan Gutierrez 15-Day DL retroactive to May 25 due to right shoulder inflammation. Threw simulated games last week: "He had a lot of life on his fastball," said Kirk Gibson.
Sam Demel 15-Day DL retroactive to May 22 due to shoulder tendinitis. Two rehab starts for Reno; the first was clean, but the second led to two runs on two hits and two walks. No word since.
Aaron Heilman
Took his first loss on Sunday in Detroit, being charged with two runs in 2/3 of an inning. Posted a zero in Kansas City, but something something low-leverage something.
Bryan Shaw
Sterling work on Friday, two scoreless innings helping bail out Duke, but took three attempts to get the final out Sunday. Found himself optioned to Reno yesterday.
Joe Paterson Hasn't appeared since June 19. What's up with that?
Esmerling Vasquez
Seemed to get things somewhat back on track, with two scoreless and hitless innings, but found himself joining Shaw on the bus for Reno.
Micah Owings One inning of work, allowing a run on two hits.
Alberto Castillo Hey! An up-arrow! Got the call from Reno, arrived in Phoenix, got the win in his first appearance. The first D-back since Blaine Boyer in April 2010 to get a W when facing one batter.
Yhency Brazoban Promoted from Reno, so that's a good thing. Yet to appear for the Diamondbacks.


Miguel Montero 6-for-23 with a double and a homer, giving him an OPS of .696. Not brilliant, but it'll do. Struggling badly against LHP: hitting .214 off them this season, and much worse of late.
Juan Miranda
Did homer, but that was his only hit of the week, as he went 1-for-10. It's my fault. Since mentioning him as a RotY contender, Miranda has gone 4-for-32, with ten strikeouts.
Kelly Johnson 4-for-21, but that did include a home-run and a triple, giving him a decent OPS of .721. It's been a bad month for Johnson, after May looked like he was on the road to recovery.
Stephen Drew
Slight improvement by Drew, who went 5-for-26 with a couple of extra-base knocks, but his OPS was still only .549, which won't get him any All-Star love.
Ryan Roberts
Hasn't had an extra-base hit since June 19. Did get a three-hit game in Detroit and drew a key walk in the ninth last night, and promptly stole two bases, but a .517 OPS is not good.
Gerardo Parra The good: Parra was 6-for-15, half those hits for extra-bases, giving him an OPS of 1.067
The bad: hasn't drawn a walk since June 13.
Chris Young 8-for-27, which is a .296 clip at the plate, and got on base at .367. Didn't homer this week, but I guess you can't have everything. Did steal a couple of bases as well.
Justin Upton Still getting on base: hit .308 with three walks and only four strikeouts. However, didn't have an extra-base hit this week, keeping his OPS down to .708.


Willie Bloomquist Went 4-for-13 with a walk, but we apparently need more sick kids at the ballpark, as none of the hits were for extra-bases.
Melvin Mora One at-bat. Guess how it went?
Sean Burroughs +++ Maybe we should just move the D-backs to Reno. Failed to hit here, but since going back to the Aces, Burroughs is 15-for-32 (.469) and is on a five-game multi-hit streak.
Xavier Nady
3-for-14, but his four RBI did tie for the team lead. Failed to deliver in clutch situations the past two nights, and his last walk was even longer ago than Parra's: June 11.
Geoff Blum Hurt: 15-Day DL stint retroactive to March 22 due to right knee surgery. played five innings in a rehab game Monday, with no issues. Two more rookie games Wednesday and Saturday, then off to Reno for Blum.
Henry Blanco Four at-bats, no hits.
Wily Mo Pena 5-for-21, no walks, nine strikeouts but two home-runs including last night's walk-off. He is what we thought he was, with a .762 this week.

***Optioned to Triple-A
# Designated for Assignment and subsequently outrighted to Triple-A
+++ Outrighted to Triple-A