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Bullpen's Stellar Work Helps Diamondbacks Get Back to .500 | April

The Arizona Diamondbacks' bullpen contributed 3.2 innings of scoreless relief behind starter Ian Kennedy on Wednesday night, helping the Diamondbacks get back to .500 at 8-8.  This continued a remarkable streak by the bullpen in which they have only allowed 1 run over the last 23 innings. Starting with the last 4.1 IP in the 15-5 blowout loss to the Cardinals on April 13th, the Diamondbacks' bullpen performance has been outstanding.

Date IP ER Results
13-Apr 4.1 0
15-Apr 3.0 0
16-Apr 2.1 0
17-Apr 6.2 1 Win
19-Apr 3.0 0 2 Holds, 1 Save
20-Apr 3.2 0 3 Holds, 1 Save
Total 23.0 1 1 Win, 5 Holds, 2 Svs

The 1 ER in 23 IP gives them an ERA of 0.39 during that stretch. It has been a group effort - Closer J.J. Putz and set-up man David Hernandez have each thrown 4 scoreless IP each, but also contributing have been Juan Gutierrez (4.2 IP), Esmerling Vasquez (5 iP, 1 ER), Sam Demel (2 IP), Josh Collmenter (2 IP), and Joe Paterson (1.1 IP).  The bullpen's ERA for the year is now down to a solid 4.19, and the team as a whole has a 3.38 ERA over the last seven days.

Edit: After Thursday's game with the Reds, the Bullpen has now allowed only one run in its last 25.2 IP.