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D-backs season over, end at .500

A disappointing, but not bad season has come to a close

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D-backs end season with 2-1 loss

Ian Kennedy was very good in the season finale, but loses and the team finishes 81-81 on the season.

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Rockies vs. Diamondbacks lineups for season finale

The Arizona Diamondbacks will put the balance of a winning record on the last game of their disappointing season. Pitcher Ian Kennedy will have the opportunity to lead Arizona to a victory against the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday -- one that would give the Diamondbacks 82 wins on the year.

Of notable changes in the lineup, left fielder Jason Kubel will sit out the season finale with 24-year-old A.J. Pollock in his place. Pollock, a center fielder, has played in 30 games for Arizona this year. Gerardo Parra will slide to left in place of Kubel.

Meanwhile, the 63-98 Rockies will ride pitcher Jeff Francis (5-7, 5.75 ERA), who was 0-3 in September and gave up five runs in just four innings in his last game against the Dodgers.

Here's a look at the lineups for the Diamondbacks and Rockies.

Colorado Rockies

1. Josh Rutledge 2B
2. Charlie Blackmon LF
3. Jordan Pacheco 1B
4. Wilin Rosario C
5. Tyler Colvin CF
6. Andrew Brown RF
7. DJ LeMahieu 3B
8. Jonathan Herrera SS
9. Jeff Francis P

Arizona Diamondbacks

1. A.J. Pollock CF
2. Aaron Hill 2B
3. Justin Upton RF
4. Paul Goldschmidt 1B
5. Miguel Montero C
6. Chris Johnson 3B
7. Gerardo Parra LF
8. John McDonald SS
9. Ian Kennedy P

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D-Backs win off walkoff homer from Aaron Hill

As the Diamondbacks finish up their 2012 campaign, they hope to do so by ending it with a winning record. In order for the 80-80 club to do that, they needed to win their final two games against the visiting Colorado Rockies. With Patrick Corbin on the mound for Arizona, keeping some of the fast flying Rockies off base would be key.

Corbin managed to do just that. Through the first six innings, he only gave up five hits and a total of one earned run. A total of 72 pitches through that time showed that he was managing the game and keeping his pitch count down. If allowed, it seems that he could have gone for a complete game. He ended up going 7 innings, giving up 6 hits with an earned run and tallying up 6 strikeouts. He only gave up one walk, which was intentional in his 91 pitches.

Corbin's counterpart, Jhoulys Chacin, was even more effective from the mound. In 5 innings pitched for the Rockies, Chacin gave up just 3 hits and 2 walks, striking out 4 on 75 pitches. The Diamondbacks simply could not handle his stuff, but luckily for them, manager Jim Tracy always has his pitchers on a low count.

The game truly started in the second inning when Gerardo Parra made a critical error in center field. Bobbling the ball allowed DJ LeMahieu to go from first to third and then to home after Charlie Blackmon grounded out into a double play with no outs.

The Diamondbacks were getting hits on the board, but only had three hits through the fifth inning and had left four runners on base. In the bottom of the sixth, they had Aaron Hill and Justin Upton on first and second before Miguel Montero hit into a 6-4-3 double play. With Hill moving to third on the play, Paul Goldschmidt failed to plate him after flying out to second baseman Josh Rutledge.

Jason Kubel's leadoff double to begin the seventh was another good sign for the D-Backs and this time, it came with better results. John McDonald hit a two run homer, his sixth of the year, with Kubel on second base to give Arizona the lead, 2-1.

David Hernandez came on in relief after Corbin and immediately allowed runners to reach second and third with no outs. Jordan Pacheco's double down the left field line untied the game once again, making it 3-2 in favor of the Rockies.

Then, in the bottom of the ninth, the fate turned for Arizona. Aaron Hill drilled a three run walkoff home run to end the game with the D-Backs winning 5-3.

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Miguel Montero, the 2nd best catcher in baseball?

Arizona's starting catcher has come a long way to be among baseball's elite.

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D-Backs look to even series with Rockies

The D-Backs and Rockies will play the second game of their three-game series on Tuesday night. Patrick Corbin (6-8, 4.77 ERA) will start for the D-Backs while the Rockies will send Jhoulys Chacin (3-5, 4.78 ERA) to the mound.

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Miley's bid for 17th win foiled by Rockies

Miley was dominant for seven innings, Colorado takes lead in eighth, but Arizona rallied in ninth to tie the score and then Colorado piles on four in the 13th to win it.

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Adam Eaton and Trevor Bauer named Dbacks 2012 POY

Two players who spent most of their 2012 season in the minor leagues were named the Diamondbacks Pitcher and Player of the year.

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