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The Diamondbacks' playoff chances took a big hit this past weekend after they lost all three games to the visiting San Diego Padres.
When asked after the game what Manager Kirk Gibson saw from Trevor Cahill today, he said, "What kind of question is that? It was not good. Unable to locate his ball where he wants to locate, when he needs to make a pitch. Just wasn't very good." In the same light, Gibson praised the bullpen by saying that they were "exceptional," as they only gave up one run in five and one-third innings of work.
Even Cahill admitted that he didn't throw the ball very well today. He also said that the Padres are swinging the bats good, and playing good baseball right now. When asked about changing his start to today with the sudden trade of Joe Saunders, Cahill said, "I wasn't on my normal program," but he also admitted that he is not using that as an excuse for his performance. "I had plenty of time to get ready and prepare. I just wasn't able to execute." Cahill first heard about the possibility of starting in today's game last night, and went home expecting to get the nod today.
Cahill continued his struggles in the first inning by walking two batters and giving up three hits, along with the two runs. Cahill had a 6.12 ERA in the first inning of games heading into today. Cahill lasted only three and two-thirds innings, which was not a good sign of things to come. When Diamondbacks starters work less than six innings, they are 10-30, make that now 10-31 on the season. What made the loss even more frustrating for Cahill and the Diamondbacks is that all the Padres runs were scored with two outs.
The middle infielders for the Padres made some exceptional defensive plays throughout the game, robbing what easily could have been base hits for Aaron Hill, Ryan Wheeler, and Justin Upton. Gibson felt overall the team played a pretty good game, and that the players continue to play hard, they were just not able to complete the comeback. It has been a trend all season, as the Diamondbacks are 5-49 when trailing after six innings.
The Padres have now beaten the Diamondbacks on their home turf six games in a row. Although Gibson said it was a frustrating loss, he remains positive and insists that the team can beat the Reds in their next home series that starts tomorrow.
The Arizona Diamondbacks get swept at Chase Field by the surging San Diego Padres. The Padres came into Chase Field after sweeping the Pirates on the road, and have now won seven straight games. The Diamondbacks, after winning four straight games on the road, have gone 2-5 in their ten-game home stand, with three games remaining against the Cincinnati Reds.
Starter Trevor Cahill could only get through three and two-thirds innings before being pulled from the game by Manager Kirk Gibson. Although he struck out six in his short stint, Cahill also walked three, while giving up four runs off of eight hits.
Cahill had difficulty closing out innings. After getting the first two outs of the game, Cahill ended up giving up two runs in the first inning. Again in the third inning, Cahill got the first two outs, then gave up the go-ahead run when Mark Kotsay singled in Yasmani Grandal, who was hit by a pitch earlier in the inning. Grandal ended up scoring twice in the game, as he went 1 for 2, with two walks, in addition to being hit by a pitch. Cahill was pulled in the fourth inning, after giving up another run, and walking Grandal to load the bases. Cahill has been looking to secure his 50th career win in each of his last five outings.
Edinson Volquez settled down for the Padres after giving up two runs in the bottom of the first inning that tied the score. He threw seven innings, striking out seven, walking two, and hitting a batter. Volquez allowed only the two runs in the first inning, giving up four hits on the day.
The Padres scored an insurance run in the seventh inning when Alexi Amarista doubled to right field, scoring Yasmani Grandal, who was walked for the second time in the game.
Down 5-2, the Diamondbacks rallied in the eighth when Gerardo Parra led off with a single to center field. That was followed by a home run to left center by Aaron Hill, his 20th of the season, cutting the lead to 5-4. Miguel Montero arrived safely at first, thanks to a throwing error by pitcher Tommy Lane, keeping the inning alive. Chris Young, who was 2 for 4 in the game, made things interesting when he doubled to left field, advancing Montero to third. Chris Johnson ended up striking out for the third time in the game to end the inning, ending the Diamondbacks attempt at a late-inning comeback.
The Padres end up sweeping the Diamondbacks 3-0. With the loss, the Diamondbacks are 64-64, and slowly losing ground in the National League playoff race.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have announced that they have acquired right-handed reliever Matt Lindstrom from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for left-handed pitcher Joe Saunders, in what looks like a trade that could be beneficial to both teams heading down the playoff stretch.
Saunders says he's excited to be traded to a playoff contending team, and that he has family close to the Maryland area. "It's going to be nice to hang out with them more, and they're going to get a chance to see me pitch a little bit more." Saunders said, "As soon as we went to a six man rotation, I pretty much figured I knew I had a few more days here." He said it was easier knowing that it would probably happen, and that it made sense for both sides. Saunders was called into the office last night and told he was traded, but wasn't informed which team he was going to until this morning. When asked if he was an Orioles fan growing up, Saunders said, "I was actually. I went to a lot of O's games when I was a kid."
Saunders was 6-10 with a 4.21 ERA in 21 starts for the Diamondbacks this season. He was 21-30 with a 3.96 ERA, throwing three complete games in 67 starts with Arizona. Saunders has played eight Major League seasons, including stints with the Angels and Diamondbacks, and holds a career 75-62 record, with a 4.17 ERA.
With Matt Lindstrom the Diamondbacks are getting a 32 year old right-handed reliever who has 30 strikeouts in 34 innings of relief for the Orioles this season. He was 1-0 with a 2.72 ERA for Baltimore. Lindstrom has also spent time with the Marlins, Astros, and Rockies during his six Major League seasons, going 13-15 with a 3.68 ERA, and completing 45 saves in 346 appearances.
Diamondbacks Manager Kirk Gibson said part of what made Saunders expendable was, "Our young guys developing in the minor leagues." Gibson announced that the Diamondbacks would be keeping one of those young guys, Tyler Skaggs, in the rotation, saying that he wants to provide Skaggs with the exposure of playing in a pennant race. The fact that Saunders was going to be a free agent at the end of the season also played into the equation.
When speaking of new addition Matt Lindstrom, Gibson said he is another right handed power arm that should help the bullpen. The bullpen seemed to be a place where the Orioles had a surplus, and the team was looking to pick up another starter. The Orioles are in the thick of things in the American League wild card race, and the Diamondbacks still have an outside chance to make the playoffs in the National League.
The Arizona Diamondbacks made a significant trade last night that actually affected the starting rotation for this afternoon's game. Instead of sending left hander Joe Saunders to the mound, the Diamondbacks sent Saunders to the Baltimore Orioles for reliever Matt Lindstrom. Trevor Cahill will get the start in place of Saunders, and Edinson Volquez will be throwing for the Padres.
Cahill allowed four runs on seven hits and one walk in his last outing, which the Diamondbacks eventually won 6-5 over the Marlins Aug. 21. Since he did not figure in the win, Cahill will still be looking for his 50th career win today. Cahill is 9-10 on the season, with a 3.86 ERA in 25 starts.
Volquez is making his 27th start of the season for the Padres, getting his eighth win of the season in his last outing against the Pirates. He threw 6.2 innings, allowing just one run on five hits and three walks. Volquez struck out ten batters in the outing, which tied for his season best. Volquez is 8-9 this season, with a 4.18 ERA.
The Diamondbacks have been unable to defeat the Padres at home so far this year, losing five straight heading into today's game. The Diamondbacks are 4-9 in their last 13 home games, since they won eight straight July 6-24. The Padres have won the first two games of the series, and are on a six game win streak. They are looking for their fifth series sweep of the season, and second against the Diamondbacks. The Diamondbacks will be looking to avoid their fourth sweep by an opponent this season.
Here are the rest of the starting lineups:
Everth Cabrera (SS)
Will Venable (CF)
Chase Headley (3B)
Carlos Quentin (LF)
Yasmani Grandal (C)
Yonder Alonso (1B)
Mark Kotsay (RF)
Alexi Amarista (2B)
Edinson Volquez (P, 8-9, 4.18 ERA)
Gerardo Parra (LF)
Aaron Hill (2B)
Justin Upton (RF)
Paul Goldschmidt (1B)
Miguel Montero (C)
Chris Young (CF)
Chris Johnson (3B)
Jake Elmore (SS)
Trevor Cahill (P, 9-10 3.86 ERA)
The San Diego Padres homered three times against Ian Kennedy, beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-3 at Chase Field in Phoenix. It was the second straight loss in the series for the Diamondbacks, who fell to seven games behind the San Francisco Giants in the National League West.
Kennedy allowed solo home runs to Carlos Quentin in the fourth inning and Yonder Alonso in the fifth to give the Padres the lead, then Kennedy's day ended in the sixth inning. San Diego rallied for three runs in the frame to take a 6-2 advantage.
Kennedy (11-11) allowed six runs in 5 1/3 innings, despite allowing just four hits. He also walked four and struck out six.
Clayton Richard (11-12) allowed three runs in eight innings to pick up the win.
Arizona hosts the San Diego Padres tonight in game two of a three-game set on Saturday night. The Padres took game one of the series, winning 5-0. The Diamondbacks will try to even the series with the following lineups:
SAN DIEGO (57-70)
Both Kennedy and Richard, tonight's starters, are undefeated against each other's teams. Kennedy holds a 6-0 record and 2.34 ERA against the Padres, while Richard sports a 4-0 record and 3.89 ERA against Arizona.
The Arizona Diamondbacks host the San Diego Padres in Game 2 of their three game series on Saturday night, where the Diamondbacks will look to rebound from Friday's 5-0 loss. They turn to Ian Kennedy (11-10, 4.24 ERA) on the mound, facing Clayton Richard (10-12, 3.73 ERA) for the Padres. First pitch is scheduled for 5:10 p.m. MT. Complete game time, TV and streaming information is below.
Both starters have good track records against the opposing team: Kennedy is 6-0 with a 2.34 ERA in nine starts against the Padres, and Richard is 4-0 with a 3.89 ERA in six starts. Both men are 1-0 in two starts in the 2012 season.
San Deigo has won five consecutive games against Arizona, who have lost five of their last six season openers. They'll look for more production from Chris Young, who had two of the Diamondbacks' four hits from Friday's game.
Game Time: 5:10 p.m. MT, Aug. 25
Location: Chase Field, Phoenix, AZ
Television Coverage: Fox Sports Arizona
The Arizona Diamondbacks opened a three-game series against the San Diego Padres trailing the first-place Giants by six games. However, they opened another series on offense and Patrick Corbin could not keep up his string of solid outings. He gave up lasted only four innings, and the Arizona offense could must only three hits against Eric Stults, who also drove in three runs at the plate. The Padres shut out the D-backs 5-0 on four hits Friday night at Chase Field.
In the second inning, Corbin allowed one out hits to Yasmani Grandal and Yonder Alonso. With two outs, Corbin then walked Everth Cabrera to load the bases. With the pitcher Eric Stults up, fans likely thought Corbin would get out of the inning unscathed. But Stults singled to left to drive in two and give San Diego the lead. Cabrera would get tagged out in a rundown between second and third, so the inning ended there.
That would be Corbin's final inning, as Brad Bergesen came in for a three-inning appearance. Corbin allowed four runs on nine hits, walked one and struck out two in his four innings.
After two two 1-2-3 innings, Bergesen allowed San Diego to add another run in the seventh when Cabrera doubled, was sacrificed to third and scored on a sac fly by Chris Denorfia.
Arizona simply was flat offensively. They got the first two runners on in the bottom of the sixth, but with runners on second and third and two outs, Chris Young struck out on a 3-2 pitch to end the threat.
Stults pitched seven shutout innings, allowing only three hits and a walk. He struck out four. He got the win, improving to 4-2. Nick Vincent pitched the eighth and Tommy Layne pitched the ninth.
With the loss, Corbin fell to 5-5 on the season. Arizona could fall to seven games back if the Giants hold on to their lead over the Atlanta Braves.
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Before the start of the game Friday night between the Arizona diamondbacks and the San Diego Padres, manager Kirk Gibson addressed the media and revealed that his starting rotation is going to have six guys for the present. Rookie left-hander Tyler Skaggs, who won his major league debut on Wednesday, will remain on the major league roster and in the starting rotation.
However, Gibson was not willing to explain the move. "I'm not going to go into details," he said to reporters. "We sat and talked and the decision as an organization was that's the way we're going to proceed for the next week. There's a lot of things that go on, things that could happen and that was the decision that was made. "
It has been reported that veteran starter Joe Saunders was placed on waivers and that he has cleared, so it sounds like the team would like to move him but have not found a team willing to trade.
Gibson would not commit to more than the present. "Our plan is to go through this turn of the rotation with six guys," he said, yet emphasizing that "things could change."
While he did toe the company line, he did reveal that it was not necessarily a move he himself wanted. "KT (general manager Kevin Towers) felt very strongly about it," said Gibson. "He didn't want to send him back." That doesn't mean that Gibby was against it, but it was made clear whose idea it was.
When asked if there were any trades in the works (clearly to find out if Saunders is on the way out of town), Gibby bristled a bit. "I'm not the general manager. I don't have those conversations on a daily basis," he said. "KT does that and I don't know what's going on as far as that goes, to be honest. I read it in the papers, just like you guys."
That may be true, except for the last part. There was some irony in saying that reporters find out team information by reading the papers.
One would not think that the team would choose to go with a six-man rotation for long, so a deal seems likely or either Skaggs or Patrick Corbin will be sent back down to Triple-A. But if both Corbin and Skaggs continue pitch well, you would hate to send those guys down.
In the meantime, the team will go with only four bench players.
If anything else, the one thing that is becoming clear, it is that the organization believes that the future of their young pitching staff is now, and that they would like to get their pitching prospects some time in the majors to get their feet wet and contribute.
The Arizona Diamondbacks open a three-game series with the San Diego Padres, but they will do so without Justin Upton. He is out of the lineup, being held out one more game with his hamstring injury. Upton said he feels good, but manager Kirk Gibson insisted that he take another day.
Infielder Willie Bloomquist was eligible to come off the disabled list, but Gibson said "he didn't feel that good when he played" last night. Bloomquist was placed on the disabled list with back issues. "It's not bad like it was," Gibson explained. "But yet it isn't stiff-free, so I'm not going to rush him back."
Here are starting lineups for tonight:
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The Arizona Diamondbacks organization announced Friday that television color commentator Mark Grace will be taking an indefinite leave of absence to seek "personal assistance." Not too soon after that press release, Arizona Sports discovered that Grace was arrested in Scottsdale Thursday evening on DUI charges after being pulled over for an expired registration plate.
According the report, Grace was also driving without his required interlock device he received following a prior DUI arrest in Scottsdale in May of 2011.
Gracie's departure marks the second television personality to be replaced in the booth this season. Longtime play-by-play man Darron Sutton was suspended back in June for undisclosed reasons.
Fan favorite Luis Gonzalez will take Grace's place for the Friday and Saturday games of the San Diego Padres series before the legendary Joe Garagiola gets his chance on Sunday.
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While this news is undoubtedly noteworthy, a deal isn't exactly imminent as it's commonplace for teams to simply test the waters by passing their players through the trade waivers during this time of year. The D-backs still have the option of pulling him back if a trade cannot be struck.
Outspoken managing partner Ken Kendrick also shared with reporters last month that it's "a reasonable assumption" that Upton remains with the team for the rest of 2012.
Arizona has until Sunday to work out a possible deal but the 24-year-old former All-Star can block moves to the Yankees, Red Sox, Cubs and Indians as part of his contract. Upton has a .273/.355/.397 line through 472 plate appearances this season. His 79 runs rank fifth best in the National League.
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The Arizona Diamondbacks have a key three-game series against the San Diego Padres starting Friday night in Phoenix.
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