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Diamondbacks 4, Reds 0: Collmenter Faces the Minimum on Three Hits

The Diamondbacks won again, taking the lead game in the 4 game series against the visiting Reds. The real story, though, is Josh Collmenter pitching a complete game shutout. He had some help with a marquee night by Aaron Hill.

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Record: 23-33. Change over Last Year: -9. Ch-ch-ch-changes: Bowie.

The Reds came into town looking to establish a beachhead, but the Diamondbacks repelled the team from the land of Skyline Chili and continued their wining ways.

AJ Pollock kicked things off by scoring a run before an out was recorded, or even anyone finish a plate appearance after his. How did this happen? He led off the game with a double, swiped third, then crossed the plate after a throwing error.

It was that kind of night for both the Diamondbacks and the Reds. The Diamondbacks had just about everything go their way, and the Reds made defensive errors, made outs on the basepaths, and couldn't get anything going offensively.

Although the run scored in the first would have been more than enough to win the game, what with Collmenter throwing a complete game shut out, but a few more runs would be acquired. The next run would come in the bottom of the fourth on an Aaron Hill solo homer. Hill would end up having himself quite a night, going 3-4 a night after going 0-5.

Martin Prado got in on the fun in the 6th as he led off with a double. Hill followed with a single to score Prado, extending the lead to 3-0. The last run would come in the 7th. AJ Pollock again hit for extra bases, this time for a triple, and would score on a Prado single.

Tony Cingrani gave up an early run, and it put him on a path to leave the game early. He ended up going 5 innings, giving up 7 hits, 2 walks, and a solo home run to Aaron Hill, while striking out only 3. The Reds defense didn't help, contributing 2 errors of their own. When it was all said and done, 3 runs had been scored for Arizona while Cingrani was on the mound.

Josh Collmenter, on the other hand, largely cruised through 9 innings, giving up 3 hits and facing the minimum 27 batters. It's like a really low grade perfect game. It was his first complete game shutout, so overall a pretty neat night for him.

It took until the end of May, but the Diamondbacks have finally reached double digits in wins at home. It might not seem like it, but Arizona's done pretty well this month, posting a winning record and a positive run differential. It's just too bad the team had to play so poorly in April to undercut it.

Source: FanGraphs

Josh Collmenter: Josh Collmenter (40.8%)
Not Quite Josh Collmenter: Aaron Hill (17%)
Opposite of Josh Collmenter: Josh Collmenter (batting: -14.7%)

Not sure if the Gameday Thread was legitimately quiet or if Collmenter worked to quickly, but the 300 barrier wasn't reached. DbacksSkisn led the way in classic fashion, and he was joined by: AJV19, Clefo, GODSCHMIDT, GuruB, Jim McLennan, JoeCB1991, Makakilo, MrMrrbi, Rockkstarr12, TolkienBard, asteroid, blank_38, hotclaws, luckycc, onedotfive, porty99, preston.salisbury, rd33, soco, and txzona.

Tomorrow the D-backs are back it against the Reds. After winning the series against the Padres and taking the first game tonight, Arizona seems to be on a good stretch. Let's see if they can keep it up. First pitch tomorrow is at 6:40pm Arizona Time.