PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 22: Starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs #37 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the Miami Marlins during game one of the MLB double header at Chase Field on August 22, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

D-backs Sweep Marlins In Doubleheader 3-2, 3-0 Behind Skaggs, Miley

Diamondbacks get production from Tyler Skaggs, Aaron Hill to finally steal a game from the red hot Marlins.

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Diamondbacks Lose Heartbreaker Against Marlins

The Arizona Diamondbacks got off to a hot start in game two of their four game series against the Miami Marlins, but it wasn't enough, as the Marlins came back to win 6-5 in ten innings. This was another crushing loss for the Diamondbacks, after being defeated by the Marlins 12-3 the night before. With the Giants beating the Dodgers 2-1, the Diamondbacks need to take advantage of their ten-game home stand and put together as many wins as possible. So far they are 0-2 coming out of the gates.

It didn't take the Diamondbacks long to get into the swing of things, as they sent all nine players to the plate in the first inning, scoring five runs. It wasn't a good sign for Marlins starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco when he walked Chris Young to lead off the bottom of the first inning. Aaron Hill followed with a double down the left field line that scored Young. Jason Kubel singled, and Paul Goldschmidt was walked to load the bases. Justin Upton added two more runs when he singled to left, and Miguel Montero scored Goldschmidt with his line drive single to right field. Ryan Wheeler registered the first out of the inning, but his sacrifice fly scored Justin Upton for their fifth and final run of the inning. Upton felt tightness in his left hamstring after scoring, and was replaced by Gerardo Parra.

Marlins pitcher Ricky Nolasco settled down after the rough start, and went on to pitch four shutout innings. He finished the night giving up five runs on six hits, while striking out two and walking two in five complete innings.

The Marlins slowly chipped away at the lead by scoring two runs in the second inning. Donovan Solano got the Marlins on the board with his single to center field that scored Carlos Lee, who was walked to lead off the second inning. Pitcher Ricky Nolasco helped his cause by hitting an RBI ground rule double over the head of left fielder Jason Kubel, scoring the Marlins second run.

The Diamondbacks maintained a 5-2 lead, as the Marlins were held in check until the sixth inning. Giancarlo Stanton, who recorded his sixth career multi-homer game last night, led off the inning with a double to left field. After a single by Donovan Solano scored Stanton, Diamondbacks pitcher Trevor Cahill was finished for the night. Cahill ended his night after pitching five and 1/3 innings, giving up four runs. He finished with six strikeouts, one walk, one hit batter, and gave up seven hits. Matt Albers came in relief, and after recording the second out of the inning, walked Austin Kearns. With runners on first and third, Gorkys Hernandez hit a broken bat single to score Solano. After Bryan Peterson singled to center field, scoring Austin Kearns, the Marlins had tied the game at 5-5.

The game remained tied after regulation, but with the bullpen depleted, Sam Demel entered the game for the Diamondbacks in the top of the tenth inning. Demel was just recalled from Triple-A Reno earlier today, and was making his first appearance for Arizona this season.

Gorkys Hernandez beat out a single to shortstop Jake Elmore to lead off the inning, and Bryan Peterson advanced Hernandez to second on a sacrifice bunt. After Demel intentionally walked Jose Reyes, Carlos lee hit a deep fly out that advanced Hernandez to third. With two outs, Giancarlo Stanton registered his third hit of the night, recording the game winning RBI as he scored Hernandez to give the Marlins the 6-5 lead.

The Diamondbacks made it interesting after Gerardo Parra and Miguel Montero both struck out to lead off the bottom of the tenth. Ryan Wheeler singled to second base, and Jake Elmore was walked to give the Diamondbacks runners on first and second. John McDonald entered the game as a pinch hitter, but the game ended when he hit a grounder to shortstop Jose Reyes, who flipped the ball to second baseman Donovan Solano for the force out.

This was not the way the Diamondbacks were hoping to begin their ten-game home stand. Starting out 0-2, and heading into a double-header tomorrow against the Marlins to finish the series. The best the Diamondback can hope for is a 2-2 series tie at this point. Tyler Skaggs will get his first big league start for the Diamondbacks in the afternoon game, while Wade Miley will get the start in the late game.


Diamondbacks Vs. Marlins: Pregame Notes, Transactions, And Starting Lineups

After winning the final four of their most recent six game road trip, the Arizona Diamondbacks were looking forward to heading to Chase Field for a ten game home stand. Unfortunately, their win streak, and the home stand did not start out on a positive note, as the Diamondbacks lost to the Miami Marlins 12-3 in their first of a four game series last night. Tonight, the Diamondbacks will be looking to get back on track when they send Trevor Cahill to the mound to face Ricky Nolasco.

Cahill, in his first season with the Diamondbacks, is 9-10, with a 3.75 ERA in 24 starts heading into tonight's game. In his last outing against the St. Louis Cardinals on August 16, Cahill allowed only one run on five hits, with four strikeouts in six innings. He did not figure in the 2-1 win, since the Diamondbacks did not score their two runs until the last inning of the game. Cahill was with the Oakland Athletics for three years, and has a 49-45 overall record, with a 3.87 ERA in 120 career starts. He has allowed a first-inning run in seven of his last 11 games, which has also plagued other Diamondback pitchers this season. Cahill has posted a 9-0 record when the Diamondbacks score three or more runs in support.

Ricky Nolasco is getting the call for the Miami Marlins tonight. He is 9-12, with a 4.94 ERA this season, with a 73-63 overall record, and a career 4.56 ERA. In his last outing, Nolasco pitched a complete game in the Marlins 5-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies. He tied his career high of seven strikeouts, while allowing nine hits and registering one intentional walk in the loss. Nolasco will be facing the D-backs for the first time this season, but has a 5-2 record with a 4.14 ERA in seven career starts against Arizona.

After going scoreless in three straight losses, the Marlins have gone 4-2 in their last six games, scoring 38 runs in the process. The Diamondbacks swept their three game road series against the Astros before losing to the Marlins last night. When asked about the loss, Manager Kirk Gibson didn't have much to say, other than they tried to play short and not utilize their bullpen, and the decision backfired. Sam Demel has been recalled from Triple-A Reno to help in the bullpen. He has been working on utilizing all his pitches, and has been "throwing the ball pretty good lately," according to Gibson, who says he reads the minor league reports every single day.

In other recent news, Tyler Skaggs has also been called up from Triple-A Reno to make his Major League debut for the Diamondbacks tomorrow. The team needed a spot starter due to the schedule change that forces the Diamondbacks to play their first ever double-header tomorrow at Chase Field. Skaggs was scratched from his Triple-A start on Sunday in order to make him available for Wednesday's game.

Skaggs is 4-2 in nine starts with Triple-A Reno this season, and has a 2.91 ERA with 45 strikeouts. When asked about Skaggs, D-backs Manager Kirk Gibson said, "He's had good years in the Minors, he's a big lefty and he's got good strikeout stuff." Gibson does not know what the plans are for Skaggs after his start tomorrow.

With Stephen Drew going to the Oakland Athletics for minor league prospect Sean Jamieson last night, Jake Elmore will get the start tonight at shortstop. Here are the rest of tonight's starting lineups:


Emilio Bonifacio (CF)

Bryan Peterson (LF)

Jose Reyes (SS)

Carlos Lee (1B)

Giancarlo Stanton (RF)

Greg Dobbs (3B)

Donovan Solano (2B)

Rob Brantly (C)

Ricky Nolasco (P, 9-12 4.94 ERA)


Chris Young (CF)

Aaron Hill (2B)

Jason Kubel (LF)

Paul Goldschmidt (1B)

Justin Upton (RF)

Miguel Montero (C)

Ryan Wheeler (3B)

Jake Elmore (SS)

Trevor Cahill (P, 9-10 3.75 ERA)


MLB Standings: D-backs Don't Make Up Much Ground Despite Series Sweep

The D-backs won all three games in Houston this past weekend but didn't rise much in the standings with the Dodgers and Giants have solid series of their own.

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