You really couldn't have asked for much more from Daniel Hudson in his first start for almost three years. Flashing a fastball in the mid-90's, he struck out the first two batters faced, on his way to 3.1 scoreless innings. He fanned a total of five, allowed a pair of hits and walked two. After he left, it was a long bullpen game, with credit in particular to D-backs debutant J.C. Ramirez, who mopped up a bases-loaded one out situation in the fourth, and worked 2.2 innings of relief, with one run permitted. Oliver Perez, Evan Marshall and Addison Reed completed things on the mound, the latter working a perfect ninth for only his second save of the season,.
The offense consisted entirely of solo home-runs from Aaron Hill in the second,. and A.J. Pollock in the following frame, both their third shots of the season. There were other opportunities, but both sides struggled in the clutch, e.g. Paul Goldschmidt hit into his first double-play of the season. Pollock had two of Arizona's five hits. Next up for the Diamondbacks, is a three-game series against the Washington Nationals, starting tomorrow. We'll be facing Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez. So if you feel a stiff breeze in downtown Phoenix, you'll know the reason.
Preston will be along in a bit with the full recap.