D-Backs off to their best start in the last 12 seasons. The 2000 D-Backs, a team that featured players Randy Johnson, Curt Schilling, Gonzo and Steve Finley started out 6-1. That season centerfielder Steve Finley had an All-Star season hitting .280 w/ 35 HR and 96 RBI while taking home a Gold Glove. Does current D-Backs CF have that kind of season in his sights? The 28 year old centerfielder is off to a hot start batting .364 w/ 3 HR (two of which hit at spacious
In a series that featured the debut of the D-Backs new starting pitching piece, followed by back to back pitcher’s duels. The Snakes took advantage of a familiar face to pick-up their 2 victories in the three game series. Micah Owings took both Padre losses this series the first in extra innings after CY belted a two run homer in the top of 11th. Trevor Cahill pieced together a solid start despite 6 free passes he only gave up 1 run on 2 hits while punching out 5. Joe Saunders was great in his first start since re-upping with the D-Backs this off season. Saunders left the game to the bullpen after 7 solid scoreless innings. This is where the first blip on the radar comes in. David Hernandez, working his 4th game of the season, gave up the 1 run lead when Chris Denorfia squeaked a homer over the CF wall actually taking a leaping Chris Young’s glove, the lead and perfect record with it.Ian Kennedy made it easy to rebound. Ace threw 6 strong scattering 5 hits, giving up 1 run and striking out 9. Bullpen rebounded when Brad Ziegler, Brian Shaw and JJ Putz threw 3 perfect frames and struck out 5 batters to close out win #5.
What we learned: Staring pitching stay hot, only 3 runs combined in 3 games
Despite blowing two leads and a loss, bullpen remains solid.
PETCO lives up to billing and plays large
PETCO not to large for CY, 8 career homers playing in SD
Series MVP: Chris Young 4-11 2HR 2B 3RBI
Note: Willie Bloomquist hitting streak now 12 games (dates back to last season)
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