13 June 2011
As the D’Backs left Pittsburgh just barely avoiding a sweep, they entered Miami hoping their bats would wake up. After losing the first game, they were in danger of coming home with a losing roadtrip. Instead, they rallied back to win out the final three games of the roadtrip, and will head home for an NL West shootout with the San Francisco Giants riding a three game winning streak. How exactly did they handle the rain, empty seats, and Mike Stanton’s mammoth shots? Read More below to find out.
Friday- Game 1 vs. Florida: An 8 game Marlin losing streak? Didn’t look like it after this game. The Marlins pounded out 6 runs, courtesy of Logan Morrison, Mike Stanton, and John Buck, who all homered and had two RBIs each. The D’Backs starter didn’t do much to help. Joe Saunders did last 6 innings, but allowed 10 hits and 5 earned runs, all of them from homers. The Marlins' starter on the other hand was superb. Anibal Sanchez pitched very well, going 6.2 innings with 3 runs and 8 Ks. The D’Backs tried to make it close late, scoring 4 runs in the 6th and 7th, but it was not enough; the hole was just too deep to climb out of. Miguel Montero and Xavier Nady connected for home runs, but all that did was bring the game into a save situation for Steve Cishek to close the game with a 6-4 score.
W: Sanchez (6-1)
L: Saunders (3-6)
S: Cishek (1)
Player of the Game: With no real standout player, the POTG goes to the man with the LONG homer, Mike Stanton. 2-4, HR, 2RBI
Saturday- Game 2 vs. Florida: After a loss, and one game shy of a losing roadtrip, the D’Backs turned to their ace. And he delivered. He had a little help from his mates as well. Ryan Roberts homered to lead off the game, but then was matched by a leadoff home run by Chris Coghlan. This was the first time since 2007 that had happened, when Chris Young and Corey Hart of the Milwaukee Brewers led off the game with homers. After a Logan Morrison RBI triple put the Fish up 2-1, the bats of the D’Backs activated. More specifically, their patience paid huge dividends. Stephen Drew homered to start the 4th, and then it got interesting. Ian Kennedy drew a walk with two on and two out, and then Marlins starter Javier Vazquez walkE. Roberts with the bases loaded. That was followed by a Kelly Johnson bases clearing double, who then scored on a Justin Upton double. That put the Snakes up 7-1. They added 2 more in the 5th, and then the Marlins bit back. Gaby Sanchez and Mike Stanton hit back to back home runs, clearly frustrating Kennedy. He was able to stay in the game and complete 8 innings of work. Aaron Heilman pitched a scoreless 9th to put the finishing touches on a 9-5 D’Backs win.
W: Kennedy (7-2)
L: Vazquez (3-6)
Player of the Game: Tough decision, but Kennedy gave up 5ER, and Kelly did get 3RBI, but 4K, so Ryan Roberts. He started the game with a homer, and walked with the bases loaded to set up a huge inning. 1-4, 2R, 2RBI, BB, HR
Sunday- Game 3 vs. Florida: Big game from Ace A, so the D’Backs turn to Ace B to guarantee at least a split in the series. On this night at least, Daniel Hudson surpassed Ian Kennedy. Hudson went 6 innings compared to IPK’s 8, but Hudson had 7 Ks and only 1 run allowed. Just like Kennedy, Hudson got plenty of run support. The D’Backs put up two in the 1st off a Stephen Drew double, then two more in the 3rd via a Ryan Roberts homer and Xavier Nady sac fly. Hudson loaded the bases in the 7th, then left the game in the hands of David Hernandez. Last time he entered a Hudson gem, he lost it for him. Tonight, he allowed only one run to score, a Gaby Sanchez sac fly. The D’Backs had J.J. Putz warming in the top half of the 9th, but scored another run, putting the game at 5-1 and out of Putz’s jurisdiction, and into the hands of Aaron Heilman, who pitched the 9th, ending a 5-1 game.
W: Hudson (7-5)
L: Hand (0-2)
Player of the Game:
Monday- Game 4 vs. Florida: On getaway day, knowing that the Giants are ready for the duel in the desert starting Tuesday, the D’Backs needed a win tonight to salvage a winning roadtrip. Their opponent? Ricky Nolasco, who has owned the D’Backs, including “oh fers” against Justin Upton and Chris Young. Nolasco this year has not allowed more than two walks in a game this year, and started it off with two straight ones to Roberts and Johnson. Upton singled in a run, then Drew (who has dominated Nolasco) singled to load the bases, for their seventh 1st inning run of the series. Then the floodgates opened. Montero cleared the bases with a double, and then the D'Backs scored five in the 3rd inning, and three more in the 4th, including a Zach Duke home run. Duke, who entered the year with zero career home runs, now has two hits in Sedona Red, both homers. Turns out Duke also pitched tonight. Not well, but he did pitch. He let 7 runs plate in only 4.2 innings, one out shy of being the pitcher of record. Micah Owings entered and shut them down for 2.2 until Bryan Shaw came in. He left with the bases loaded and Esmerling Vazquez, fresh off his suspension, came in and let two runs score. So a game that at one point was 9-0 required J.J. Putz to finish business. But a Chris Coghlan groundout, a Brett Hayes groundout, and an Emilio Bonifacio strikeout gave the D’Backs a winning roadtrip, winning on getaway day, 12-9.
W: Owings (3-0)
L: Nolasco (4-2)
S: Putz (18)
Player of the Game: Take your pick. Miguel Montero had 3 doubles and 4 RBIs, Micah Owings restored order, and just about everyone in the lineup contributed so POTG is everyone that grabbed a bat wearing a gray jersey and red cap.