The week didn't start off extremely well for the Arizona Diamondbacks, and they even spent a few days below the .500 mark after losing the first two games of their series against the St. Louis Cardinals. But, the team quickly turned things around and finished the week having won four in a row, including a sweep of the lowly Houston Astros. The D-backs continue to struggle consistently delivering winning pitching and offensive firepower, but for the moment, they're doing just enough to stay in the playoff race.
But on the offensive front, Aaron Hill delivered the goods quite convincingly, feasting on the Astros. For that, he gets to be the Player of the Week. First-half stud Wade Miley put together a performance (also against Houston) to reclaim some of his earlier glory. He's your Pitcher of the Week.
Hill didn't have a whole lot of impact against the Cardinals, but he kicked things into gear during the D-backs' win streak. Against the Astros, he hit 7-for-12 with five RBIs and three home runs, including two in Sunday's game. It was Hill's three-run homer that capped the team's nine-run fifth inning in Saturday's game. Overall, Hill's continued his success in Sedona Red after coming over to the team in a trade last season.
On Friday night, a bunch of Wade Miley's friends and family came up from Hammond, Louisiana -- Miley's hometown -- to watch him pitch the Houston Astros into oblivion. He did not disappoint. Miley pitched six innings and allowed only one run, with five strikeouts. He wasn't perfect, however. Houston got their hits, but runners were left stranded and Wade clamped things down, when necessary, to give him his twelfth win.
Here are the scores, for those keeping track at home:
Player of the Week awards:
Parra (1), Kubel (2), Roberts (1), Goldschmidt (4), Bloomquist (1), Montero (3), Hill (5), Johnson (1)
Pitcher of the Week awards:
Saunders (1), Cahill (3), Corbin (3), Miley (6), Collmenter (2), Shaw (1), Kennedy (2)