Diamondbacks Vs. Dodgers: Arizona Overcomes Slow Start To Sweep Dodgers

With a quick two-game sweep of the Dodgers, the Diamondbacks find themselves right in the middle of the hunt for a Wild Card spot.

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Diamondbacks Vs. Dodgers: D-Backs Complete Two-Game Series Sweep Of Dodgers, Win 3-2

Only 4 1/2 games out of a Wild Card spot and with the St. Louis Cardinals losing to the Padres today, the Diamondbacks know they aren't entirely out of it yet. They had already won game one against the Dodgers, but the run production forced Ian Kennedy to pitch a gem of a game. If that trend continued, Trevor Cahill would have to do the same thing on the mound for Arizona.

Unfortunately for the D-Backs, Cahill got off to another slow start. In the first inning, he allowed a base hit to Shane Victorino, followed by a pitch that hit Matt Kemp, sending him to first with just one out. Adrian Gonzalez proceeded to hit a double into the right- center field gap, scoring both of his teammates and making the score 2-0. Per Jules Tompkins from Arizona Sports, Cahill now has allowed 21 first inning runs in 29 first innings pitched this year.

The D-Backs got off the snide in the second inning after Paul Goldschmidt hit a single, stole second base, then advanced to third on a wild pitch. All it took from there was a sacrifice fly from Justin Upton to score him and make the count 2-1.

A scoring slump was in effect until the bottom of the sixth inning, where, with two outs, Upton was able to plate Goldschmidt once again after a line drive single to left field. Gerardo Parra's subsequent single off of reliever Randy Choate knocked in Miguel Montero from third base, giving the Diamondbacks their first lead of the game, 3-2.

Brad Ziegler and David Hernandez came on in relief of Cahill, putting up zeros across the board.

After the first inning, Cahill allowed no more runs through his 7 innings of work. His final line showed that he allowed four hits, two earned runs and had seven strikeouts in that span. Manager Kirk Gibson has stressed all season that he would like to see Cahill work deeper into games and he did just that on Wednesday night.

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Ian Kennedy, Diamondbacks Bullpen Shut Out Struggling Dodgers

Maybe the Arizona Diamondbacks are simply prolonging their inevitable elimination from the postseason that more than likely will happen this month. But in the meantime, they made things a little more difficult for a division rival, the Los Angeles Dodgers, with a 1-0 win at Chase Field Tuesday night.

The Dodgers are trying to move past the St. Louis Cardinals for an NL wild card spot. But they couldn't gain any ground thanks to D-backs pitcher Ian Kennedy, who shut out Los Angeles on four hits over 7 1/3 innings. Kennedy was in such control that he struck out six and did not walk a batter, and he also got some defensive help from left fielder Jason Kubel and second baseman Aaron Hill.

Kubel took at least extra bases and an RBI from the Dodgers' Luis Cruz with a catch right at the wall, and later in the game, Hill caught a hard line drive headed for the right-center field gap from Andre Ethier to take away a hit.

Miguel Montero's one-out double in the seventh inning off Clayton Kershaw drove in Paul Goldschmidt from first base, and even Montero was thrown out by Matt Kemp after a fly ball to center field, that lone run was all the Diamondbacks needed.

Kennedy improved to 13-11 and 5-1 against L.A. in his last seven starts against the Dodgers. The D-backs are 11-6 against the Dodgers in 2012.

David Hernandez struck out Adrian Gonzalez looking with two out and a runner on second base in the top of the ninth to end the game.

Arizona (70-72) won a 1-0 game for the first time this season, and tries to sting the Dodgers again Wednesday against starter Aaron Harang. The Dodgers dropped to 74-68 and look far from a team that will make the postseason at present.

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