Tag:Diamondbacks Series Wrap Up
Posted on: April 25, 2008 10:03 pm

Diamondbacks @ Dodgers (4/23/08-4/24/08)

The Diamondbacks played a short two-game series against the Dodgers on Wednesday and Thursday.
Game 1 (Wednesday, April 23)

Dan Haren (ARI) vs. Derek Lowe (LAD)

Dodgers 8, Diamondbacks 3

W: D. Lowe (2-1)
L: D. Haren (3-1)
S: T. Saito (2)

Dan Haren had his first bad start of the season, giving up 6 runs (5 earned) in 4 2/3 innings. Stephen Drew went 2-4 with a home run and 2 RBI, which was most of the offense for the D-Backs. Chris Young went 0-5 with the "Golden Sombrero". Derek Lowe pitched 5 innings of one run ball before leaving the game with elbow stiffness. He should be able to make his next start. Chin-lung Hu, Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, James Loney, and Rafael Furcal all had two hits each for the Dodgers, who had 13 as a team.

Game 2 (Thursday, April 24)

Edgar Gonzalez (ARI) vs. Chad Billingsley (LAD)

Diamondbacks 6, Dodgers 4

W: E. Gonzalez (1-1)
L: C. Billingsley (0-4)
S: B. Lyon (6)

Edgar Gonzalez gave the Diamondbacks another decent start in place on the injured Doug Davis. Gonzalez allowed 3 runs over 5 1/3 innings to pick up his first win of the season. The bullpen allowed a hit, a walk, and an unearned run after Gonzalez left. Jeff Salazar started in the place of Eric Byrnes and hit a two-run homer. Byrnes was given the day off to rest his legs. Chris Young went 2-5 with 3 strikeouts, which made him 2-10 with 7 strikeouts during the series. Chad Billingsley struck out 12 batters, but he allowed 5 runs. Billingsley dropped to 0-4 on the year. Jeff Kent went 2-3 with 2 RBI in the losing effort.
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Posted on: April 24, 2008 12:32 am

Giants @ Diamondbacks (4/21/08-4/22/08)

The Giants and Diamondbacks played a short 2-game series at Chase Field to begin the week.

Game 1 (Monday, April 21, 2008)

Micah Owings (ARI) vs. Kevin Correia (SF)

Diamondbacks 4, Giants 2

W: M. Owings (4-0)
L: K. Correia (1-3)
S: B. Lyon (4)

Micah Owings pitched 6 1/3 innings of two run ball to improve to 4-0. He became the 4th 4-win pitcher in the majors with the win. Mark Reynolds and Orlando Hudson both hit solo home runs, and Eric Byrnes hit a two-run homer to give the D-Backs the lead for good. Brandon Lyon closed it out for his 4th save in 6 opportunities. Correia allowed 3 runs over 6 innings- a quality start, but not good enough for the Giants to win. Fred Lewis hit a home run for the Giants.

Game 2 (Tuesday, April 22, 2008)

Brandon Webb (ARI) vs. Barry Zito (SF)

Diamondbacks 5, Giants 4

W: B. Webb (5-0)
L: B. Zito (0-5)
S: B. Lyon (5)

Brandon Webb allowed 3 runs over the first two innings, but settled in after that. He shut out the Giants over the next four innings after the rough start. Webb improved to 5-0 in the process, becoming the first 5-game winner in the MLB. He also hit a 2-run double to give the Diamondbacks the lead. Chris Synder hit a two-run single for Arizona. Barry Zito fell to 0-5 with the loss, which is the worst start to a season in his career. He allowed 5 runs over 3 2/3 innings. Fred Lewis had 3 hits with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored. Emmanuel Burriss got his first major-league hit in the eighth inning.
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Posted on: April 21, 2008 12:40 pm
Edited on: April 21, 2008 12:41 pm

Padres @ Diamondbacks (4/18/08-4/20/08)

The Diamondbacks played the Padres for the first 3 times this weekend in Phoenix.

Game 1 (Friday, April 18)

Dan Haren (ARI) vs. Greg Maddux (SD)

Diamondbacks 9, Padres 0

W: D. Haren (3-0)
L: G. Maddux (2-1)

Dan Haren threw allowed 3 hits over 7 shutout innings as the Diamondbacks beat the Padres 9-0. The bullpen pitched 2 perfect innings to finish the win. Conor Jackson went 4-5 with 2 triples, a homer and 4 RBI. Chris Synder had a 3-run double. The Diamondbacks pounded out 14 hits off of Padres starter Greg Maddux, who was moved up a day. Maddux took a huge hit for the team, and he pitched a lot longer than usual a day after the 22-inning marathon against the Rockies.

Game 2 (Saturday, April 19)

Edgar Gonzalez (ARI) vs. Chris Young (SD)

Diamondbacks 10, Padres 3

W: J. Cruz (1-0)
L: J. Thatcher (0-2)

Every single Diamondbacks starter reached base at least once as the D-Backs won their league-leading 13th game of the season. Chris Young (D-Backs) hit an RBI single to give them the lead in the 7th, and Arizona never looked back. A 6 run 8th inning put the game away. Edgar Gonzalez gave the Diamondbacks 6 decent innings, but did not factor in the decision. Chris Young (Padres) pitched 6 strong innings as well, but the bullpen blew the game for him. Paul McAnulty homered in the 4th for the Padres, which broke a 106 inning homerless drought. Brian Giles homered as well, but it was not enough.

Game 3 (Sunday, April 20)

Randy Johnson (ARI) vs. Randy Wolf (SD)

Padres 9, Diamondbacks 4

W: R. Wolf (2-0)
L: R. Johnson (0-1)

Randy Johnson made his second start since undergoing another back surgery. He pitched well- until the 6th inning. Johnson allowed one run over the first 5 innings, but fell apart in the 6th, allowing 5 runs. Conor Jackson went 3-4, and Mark Reynolds went 2-4 with an RBI. Johnson threw a season-high 104 pitches. The Padres hit 5 doubles and a home run to avoid the sweep. Randy Wolf allowed 4 runs over 6 1/3 innings, and the bullpen shutout the Diamondbacks the rest of the way. Padres outfielder Justin Huber hit his first career home run.
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Posted on: April 17, 2008 6:27 pm

Diamondbacks @ Giants (4/14/08-4/16/08)

The Diamondbacks played the Giants for the first time this season on Monday.

Game 1 (Monday, April 14, 2008)

Randy Johnson (ARI) vs. Jonathan Sanchez (SF)

Giants 5, Diamondbacks 4

W: K. Yabu (1-1)
L: C. Qualls (0-1)
S: B. Wilson (4)

Randy Johnson made his first start of the season after undergoing a second surgery on his back. He pitched a decent game, but his pitch count was very high for most of the game. He allowed 3 hits and 3 unearned runs over 54 innings. He walked 4 and struck out 7. The D-Backs led when he left, but another error by the defense made a loser of Chad Qualls, who has yet to give up an earned run. Conor Jackson had a double and a homer to go along with his 3 RBI. After a rough start by Jonathan Sanchez, the Giants bullpen allowed only one hit over 4 scoreless innings. Randy Winn went 1-3 with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored in the win.

Game 2 (Tuesday, April 15, 2008)

Micah Owings (ARI) vs. Kevin Correia (SF)

Diamondbacks 8, Giants 2

W: M. Owings (3-0)
L: K. Correia (1-2)

Micah Owings pitched another great game for the Diamondbacks. The D-Backs are the second team to reach double-digit wins this season (Cardinals). Conor Jackson homered for the second straight game, and Chris Young homered as well to lead the offense. Tony Pena and Brandon Lyon both struggled, but Pena was the only one of the two to allow a run. Mark Reynolds did not play because of a tight back. All three of the Giants pitchers allowed at least one run. Eugenio Velez and John Bowker both had two hits for the Giants, who had 7 as a team.

Game 3 (Wednesday, April 16, 2008)

Brandon Webb (ARI) vs. Barry Zito (SF)

Diamondbacks 4, Giants 1

W: B. Webb (4-0)
L: B. Zito (0-4)
S: B. Lyon (3)

Brandon Webb continued his amazing start to the 2008 season with another gem. He threw 8 innings of 3-hit ball, while only allowing one run. He got 14 groundouts, which is why Webb is so effective. Brandon Lyon pitched a perfect ninth for his 3rd save in 5 chances. Webb hit a two-run single in the 2nd inning, and that is all he needed. He also struck out 5, including all three batters in the first inning on 11 pitches. Webb is 4-0 for the first time in his career. Barry Zito, on the other hand, has not been that good lately. His record dropped to 0-4 for the second time in his career. Eugenio Velez had an RBI double to bring home the only run of the game for the Giants. John Bowker and Fred Lewis were the only other players that had a hit for the Giants, who only had 3 in the game. Vinnie Chulk pitched 2 hitless innings in his first appearance of the season.
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Posted on: April 13, 2008 10:02 pm
Edited on: April 13, 2008 10:35 pm

Rockies @ Diamondbacks (4/11/08)-4/13/08)

The Diamondbacks played the Rockies for the fourth, fifth, and sixth time over the past week and a half. The D-Backs have played a lot of division games already, which is good if they keep winning.

Game 1 (Friday, April 11)

Brandon Webb (ARI) vs. Jeff Francis (COL)

Diamondbacks 8, Rockies 2

Brandon Webb improved to 3-0 to become the first 3-win pitcher in the majors. He pitched 8 innings of two run ball, while striking out 6. Eric Byrnes, Orlando Hudson, and Justin Upton all hit 2-run homers to give Webb all of the support he needed. The Rockies were held to 4 hits, two of them by Matt Holliday. Holliday also had an RBI in the game.

Game 2 (Saturday, April 12)

Dan Haren (ARI) vs. Franklin Morales (COL)

Diamondbacks 10, Rockies 3

Dan Haren had his third straight quality start as the Diamondbacks won their 8th straight game. The D-Backs used 6 extra-base hits and 3 sacrifice flies to tie a season-high with 10 runs. Justin Upton went 3-4 with a home run and 4 RBI. Young Franklin Morales had a rough start for the Rockies. He allowed 7 runs over 4 innings to suffer his first loss of the season. Clint Barmes had 2 hits and an RBI in the losing effort.

Game 3 (Sunday, April 13)

Edgar Gonzalez (ARI) vs. Aaron Cook (COL)

Rockies 13, Diamondbacks 5

The DIamondbacks lost for the first time in over a week as the Rockies offense pounded the D-Backs pitching. The bullpen allowed 10 runs in 6 innings. Jeff Salazar was one of the bright spots in a blowout, getting 2 hits and driving in 3. The Rockies had 15 hits during the game. Clint Barmes, Garrett Atkins, and Matt Holliday combined went 9-17 with 3 home runs, 6 runs scored, and 10 RBI. Aaron Cook allowed 3 runs over 6 innings to get his first win of the season.
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Posted on: April 11, 2008 9:22 pm

Dodgers @ Diamondbacks (4/7/08-4/9/08)

The Diamondbacks continued their winning ways by sweeping their home opening series against the Dodgers. They have now won 6 games in a row.

Game 1 (Monday, April 7)

Dan Haren (ARI) vs. Esteban Loaiza (LAD)

Diamondbacks 9, Dodgers 3

Dan Haren pitched 6 quality innings allowing 3 runs (1 earned) to pick up his first win with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The bullpen pitched three shutout innings to preserve the win. Mark Reynolds hit 2 home runs; the D-Backs hit 4 as a team. Mark Reynolds and Orlando Hudson each had 3 RBI. Esteban Loaiza and Scott Proctor each allowed 4 earned runs for the Dodgers. Jeff Kent hit a homer and drove in two runs, which was most of the Dodgers' offense for the game.

Game 2 (Tuesday, April 8)

Doug Davis (ARI) vs. Chad Billingsley (LAD)

Diamondbacks 10, Dodgers 5

Doug Davis pitched in his last game before undergoing surgery for thyroid cancer, and it was a start to remember. The emotional Davis pitched 6 strong innings for the D-Backs, something he was not able to do in his first start. He also had two hits and an RBI at the plate. Davis left with multiple standing ovations, and even had a curtain call. Mark Reynolds hit another home run, and Conor Jackson hit a bases-loaded triple to spark the offense. Chad Billingsley struggled throughout the game for the Dodgers. He allowed 5 runs (4 earned) in 2 1/3 innings. Ramon Troncoso also allowed 4 earned runs for the Dodgers. Jeff Kent and Blake Dewitt each had 2 hits and 2 RBI.

Game 3 (Wednesday, April 9)

Micah Owings (ARI) vs. Hiroki Kuroda (LAD)

Diamondbacks 4, Dodgers 3

Eric Byrnes had 3 hits and 2 RBI to lead the Diamondbacks to a sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Byrnes hit a 2-run single with 2 outs in the 7th inning to give Micah Owings his second win of the season. He pitched another great game for the D-Backs, who have now won 6 straight. The bullpen pitched 2 scoreless innings to seal the win. Brandon Lyon, who has had his ups and downs already this season, pitched a perfect ninth for his 2nd save in 4 chances. The Dodgers were unable to generate much offense against Diamondbacks pitching, who was great throughout the game. Juan Pierre hit an RBI double, James Loney homered, and Andre Ethier hit a sacrifice fly for the Dodgers.
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Posted on: April 7, 2008 6:18 pm
Edited on: April 7, 2008 6:43 pm

Diamondbacks @ Rockies (4/4/08-4/6/08)

The Diamondbacks played the Rockies in a game that counted for the first time since being swept in the NLCS last year on Friday. The Diamondbacks made a statement by sweeping the series.

Game 1 (Friday, April 4)

Micah Owings (ARI) vs. Mark Redman (COL)

Diamondbacks 8, Rockies 1

Micah Owings bounced back after a rough spring training where he battled shoulder problems with a quality start in the first game of the series. He went 6 2/3 innings while only giving up 1 earned run, while striking out 9. The Diamondbacks bullpen did the rest; they pitched 2 1/3 scoreless to preserve the victory. The team only allowed two hits. Justin Upton and Mark Reynolds homered for the D-Backs. Rockies starter Mark Redman was charged with 5 runs (4 earned) over 5 2/3 innings. Every Colorado pitcher allowed at least one earned run. Willy Taveras and Todd Helton got the only hits for the Rockies.

Game 2 (Saturday, April 5)

Brandon Webb (ARI) vs. Jeff Francis (COL)

Diamondbacks 7, Rockies 2

Brandon Webb pitched his second straight quality start, and he is well on his way to be in the middle of the Cy Young discussion again. He pitched 7 innings while only allowing 2 runs, 1 of which was earned. Chris Young led off the game with his 10th career leadoff home run. Conor Jackson made his return to the lineup after sitting out two games with an upper respiratory infection, and he responded well by getting three hits. The bullpen did not allow a run in 2 innings. Rockies pitcher Jeff Francis made his official season debut (he started opening day, but the game was rained out), and he was hammered for 12 hits and 5 earned runs over 6 1/3 innings. Todd Helton hit a double and a homer for Colorado.

Game 3 (Sunday, April 6)

Edgar Gonzalez (ARI) vs. Franklin Morales (COL)

Diamondbacks 5, Rockies 2

Edgar Gonzalez made his first start of the season filling in for the injured Randy Johnson. He gave the Diamondbacks 5 good innings, but the D-Backs could not give him any support. The offense remained quiet until the ninth inning when Mark Reynolds hit a two-run home run off of Rockies closer Manny Corpas to give the Diamondbacks the lead for the first time in the game. Brandon Lyon then came on, only to blow his second save in three chances. Lyon did pick up the win when the Diamondbacks scored three in the 10th. Chad Qualls picked up his first save of the season.
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Posted on: April 3, 2008 5:36 pm
Edited on: April 6, 2008 1:56 am

Diamondbacks @ Reds (3/31/08, 4/2/08, 4/3/08)

The Diamondbacks opened the 2008 season with three games at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati to face the Reds.

Game 1 (Monday, March 31):

Brandon Webb (ARI) vs. Aaron Harang (CIN)

Diamondbacks 4, Reds 2

Brandon Webb pitched 6 strong innings, only giving up 2 earned runs in 6 innings. The bullpen pitched three perfect innings after Webb exited to secure the win. The D-Backs hit three solo home runs (Chris Young, Jeff Salazar, Eric Byrnes) to give Webb support. Aaron Harang also gave up 2 earned in 6 innings, but he was hurt by an Edwin Encarnacion error that cost them the game.

Game 2 (Wednesday, April 2):

Dan Haren (ARI) vs. Bronson Arroyo (CIN)

Reds 6, Diamondbacks 5

Dan Haren pitched well in his Diamondbacks debut, giving up 3 runs in 6 innings. Chris Young had a double, three walks, and a stolen base. The Diamondbacks led 5-3 entering the ninth inning when closer Brandon Lyon came in to pitch the ninth. Reds third baseman Edwin Encarnacion hit a walk-off three-run home run to spoil Haren's National League return.

Game 3 (Thursday, April 3):

Doug Davis (ARI) vs. Johnny Cueto (CIN)

Reds 3, Diamondbacks 2

In an absolutely pathetic offensive game for the D-Backs, they managed to get more runs than hits. Doug Davis had a horrible outing in his second start since announcing he had thyroid cancer. He allowed 2 runs and walked 6 in 3 2/3 innings. The Diamondbacks got one hit in the game- a home run by Justin Upton in the sixth. Reds rookie Johnny Cueto was everything people thought he was and more. He struck out 10 without walking a batter, and only gave up one hit. The D-Backs bullpen rebounded by pitching 4 1/3 scoreless innings, but the terrible offensive effort gave the Diamondbacks their second loss in a row.
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