Miley Solid As D-backs Close Road Trip Strong

Wade Miley went six scoreless and the bombs came back with Chris Young and Paul Goldschmidt both blasted two-run homers to power the D-backs to a 8-1 win over the Nationals.

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Arizona Diamondbacks Blast Nationals To Finish Road Trip Strong

It was a tough road trip that featured a six-game losing streak and an offensive drought that was certainly troublesome. But at the end of the day, the bats woke up and the pitching stayed solid and the Arizona Diamondbacks won their third-straight over the Washington Nationals in convincing fashion, 8-1.

With the win, the D-backs finish the tough road trip with a decent 4-6 record. We would have liked to have seen better, but with the Giants struggling as well the D-backs are still up two-games in the NL West. They were up two-games in the NL West after their last home game against the Mets

While it's safe to say that the class of the National League -- the Phillies and the Braves --- are still a ways better than Arizona, these final three wins over Washington make a division pennant all the more possible.

To beat the Nationals, the D-backs got a solid six inning scoreless start from youngster Wade Miley. In his second start in the majors, Miley gave up five hits and four walks but he used his four strikeouts to help himself out of a few jams.

The game remained scoreless for both sides until the sixth inning when Chris Young hit a bomb to drive in himself along with birthday boy Justin Upton (24) who singled ahead of him. In the bottom of the sixth, Brian Shaw struggled out of the pen and gave up a run and left a mess that Brad Zeigler was able to clean up.

In the eighth inning, Paul Goldschmidt ended any doubt when he toasted a ball well into the left field seats to increase the lead to 5-1. Three more runs in the ninth and the route was secure.

The D-backs now return home to start the final stretch of their schedule that includes nine out of ten series against NL West opponents. It starts with a home stand against the Padres this weekend at Chase Field. 

For more on this game and all things D-backs, visit AZ Snake Pit.


Sean Burroughs' Home Run Leads Diamondbacks Over Nationals, 2-0

After trading away second baseman Kelly Johnson, the Diamondbacks and Kirk Gibson had to get creative with their lineup.

Gibson moved Ryan Roberts to second base and inserted Sean Burroughs into the lineup at the hot corner, and his decision paid off in a big way as Burroughs hit a decisive two-run home run in the seventh inning to lead Arizona over Washington, 2-0.

Ian Kennedy earned his 16th victory of the 2011 season on Tuesday night against the Nationals in our nation's capitol. He went seven scoreless innings, but his shining moment came in the bottom of the fifth inning.

With the bases loaded and one out, Kennedy was in a precarious situation, facing the heart of the Washington order. Ryan Zimmerman and Mike Morse are an impressive duo, and Arizona fans had to be quite nervous.

Kennedy, on the other hand, was unfazed. Instead of giving up key runs in this situation, the D-backs' young ace stepped up and struck out both star players, utilizing both the late life on his fastball and the nasty break of his curve to send the Nationals back into their dugout without scoring.

Arizona hasn't solved any of their offensive woes, getting only six hits on the game. The important thing is that they broke their six game losing streak and can focus on winning the series against the Nationals over the next two nights. 

A scary moment happened for the D-backs in the fourth inning as Justin Upton was hit on the elbow by a Jordan Zimmermann pitch. While he appeared to be okay, he was replaced in the next inning by Collin Cowgill. Hopefully this was just a precautionary move, and not a signal of something worse.

Tomorrow is the third game of four in Washington. Daniel Hudson takes the mound for Arizona, while Washington counters with Livan Hernandez.

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