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Chase Anderson's return to the mound was highly successful, even if the offense showed about as much life as one of the walking dead, on Zombie Night at Chase Field

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The Diamondbacks did score in the first inning, David Peralta singling home Ender Inciarte, but a twin-killing off the bat of Welington Castillo ended the threat. Indeed, it ended pretty much any threat from the Diamondbacks hitters for quite some time. We didn't get another base-runner until A.J. Pollock's two-out double in the sixth inning, but the next time up, Castillo launched another home-run, to double the home-team's advantage. We also threatened in the eighth, but with men on the corners and one out, A.J. Pollock lined into a hard-luck double-play. Arizona managed only six hits and a walk, Pollock reaching base safely twice.

Fortunately, Chase Anderson's time off had apparently done him quite a lot of good, as he was even better at stifling the Reds offense. He worked seven innings, allowing only four hits and two walks, with seven strikeouts, holding the Reds to 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position. Daniel Hudson worked a perfect eighth, breaking a streak of shaky outings, and Brad Ziegler worked around a one-out single in the ninth, to notch his 20th save. All this, and Lemonade Guy moved on to the next round of MLB's Best Vendor!

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