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Arizona Diamondbacks Game Preview, #146: The Hills are alive

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Games until the blessed end of the season: 17

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Rich Hill
RHP, 3-0, 0.00
Archie Bradley
RHP, 6-9, 5.10
Chase Utley - 2B Jean Segura - 2B
Corey Seager - SS Chris Owings - SS
Justin Turner - 3B Paul Goldschmidt - 1B
Adrian Gonzalez - 1B Yasmany Tomas - RF
Yasmani Grandal - C Brandon Drury - 3B
Josh Reddick - RF Kyle Jensen - LF
Andre Ethier - LF Mitch Haniger - CF
Joc Pederson - CF Tuffy Gosewisch - C
Rich Hill - LHP Archie Bradley - RHP

Yeah, you can't really complain about how Hill has performed since being dealt from Oakland. Six scoreless innings against their closest rivals, the Giants, six more against the Marlins. Then seven perfect innings against the Marlins last time out, before being pulled because of concern over the possible recurrence of a blister issue. He has allowed one hit over his last 15.2 innings, with two walks and eighteen strikeouts over the same time. It promises to be a thoroughly interesting contest, considering the Diamondbacks hitters torched the Colorado pitchers and set a new franchise record for runs scored in a three-game series.

I'd thus be very surprised if the streak of scoring more than ten runs every games lives to see the dawn on Friday morning, nice though it would be. We'll have to do it without Welington Castillo, and with the corner outfield occupied by Mitch Haniger and Kyle Jensen. No knock on them, but it goes to show how much things have changed for the D-backs, with the loss of A.J. Pollock (twice) and David Peralta (forty-three times, or perhaps it just seems that way). However, at least we have genuine outfielders in the outfield, unlike earlier this season when it seemed as if Chip Hale sent the last three guys into the clubhouse out to shag fly balls that day.

It'll be Archie's third start of the season against the Dodgers. The first, back in June, didn't go too well - he allowed five runs in 5.2 innings and took the loss. Things went a good deal better the next time, on July 16, when he tossed six innings of one-run ball, though got a no-decision. The Diamondbacks eventually won that contest 2-1 in 12 innings, on Brandon Drury's walk-off single. We'd settle for that again tonight and Arizona's first four-game winning streak since they took four in a row from the Brewers and Mets, August 7-11. But double-plus tacos would still be nice!