Hudson's Poor Outing Kills D-backs Shot At Sweep Of Reds, 7-4

Diamondbacks "own" the Reds this year. The season series is already in the bag for the gritty 2011 team.

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Hudson's Poor Showing Kills Diamondbacks Chance To Sweep Reds

It sure would have been fun if the Diamondback could have found a way to sweep the reigning NL Central Champion Cincinnati Reds. Even the fact that we were thinking that the Diamondbacks had a legit shot at accomplishing that feat in a road series shows just how far this team has come already in 2011. We should be happy with the 4-2 season lead over the Reds and we are. 

The final game of the series took a hard lump for the visitors in the first inning. Daniel Hudson, who had received just one run of support in his last 19 innings, decided to take matters into his own hands. Unfortunately, that led to his giving up four runs in the first frame.

Hudson's a young pitcher and will learn and he showed a lot of grit to even make it to the fifth inning. That saved Gibby from having to go too deep in his bullpen with another road series looming.

Offensively, the Diamondbacks were able to get just three runs off Mike Leake who turned out not to be all that distracted by his recent legal problems. Leake picked up the win to improve to 3-0 on the season with his seven inning, three earned run outing. 

Hitting stars for the D-backs were the middle infield duo of Kelly Johnson and Stephen Drew. Both went yard and combined they drove in three of the D-backs four runs. Hudson was credited with the other RBI off a sacrifice bunt.

For more on this game, this series, and all things D-backs, hit up AZ Snake Pit.


Diamondbacks Go For Sweep Of Reds In Early Game

Nothing like a little baseball with your morning coffee. The Arizona Diamondbacks (8-8) can notch their first series sweep of the season with a win today over the Cincinnati Reds (9-9). The gritty Snakes can also go over .500 with the win. So, how about they go get that win for us. That would be fun.

Today's pitching match up features Daniel Hudson (0-3, 4.26) who takes his deceptive fastball and plus change against former Sun Devil and recently arrested shoplifter (allegedly), Mike Leake (2-0, 5.40). The D-backs have scored just one run for Hudson in his last 19 innings on the mound. That won't do.

Here's the lineup for this Thursday day game: Johnson 2B, Roberts 3B, Upton RF, Drew SS, Young CF, Miranda 1B, Parra LF, Blanco C, Hudson RHP

In D-backs old man injury news, beat writer Nick Piecoro tweeted that INF Geoff Blum would need surgery on his knee and could be out six to eight weeks. reported that 3B Melvin Mora has a swollen left foot and would be held out of the game but doesn't think he will do on the DL.

Good thing that Ryan Roberts guys is hanging around. He's got a career-high seven game hitting streak which includes a .455 average (10-for-22) and two homers with six RBI. Go Ink Boy!

Game starts at 9:35 a.m. this morning and will not be broadcast on TV. So, turn on the radio at work and enjoy some day baseball while you try and visualize grit.

AZ Snake Pit has a game thread for you as well. Go there and comment, we won't tell your boss.


Kennedy, Roberts Lead Diamondbacks To 3-1 Victory Over Reeling Reds

The Arizona Diamondbacks continued their domination of the Cincinnati Reds, securing a winning series and also the season series, downing the struggling NL Central champs 3-1 in Cincinnati. With the win -- their third straight -- Arizona pulled to .500 on the season at 8-8, while dropping the Reds to .500 at 9-9. 

Ian Kennedy, who got bombed in his last start, showed a lot of Gibson grit in 5 1/3 innings. He allowed one run on four hits, and while the box score says he was great, he had to work. He threw 103 pitches and also got belted on the lower leg, but allowed only one extra-base hit, a run-scoring double by Joey Votto that ended his night.

The offense was also gritty. The first run scored on a sacrifice fly in the first inning and their second run was a clinic of manufacturing runs (aka. gritty offense). Stephen Drew led off the inning with a double. Ryan Roberts moved him to third on a flyout to right field and then Ian Kennedy scored him on an RBI groundout. 

Once again, Ryan Roberts was a hero. After pulling within one run in the sixth inning, Roberts doubled in a third run against Reds starter Bronson Arroyo in the seventh, who after giving up the two early runs, set down 14 Diamondbacks in a row. 

After Kennedy was taken out, Juan Gutierrez promptly fell behind 3-0 to the first batter he faced, but then got the final two outs, leaving the tying run stranded at second. 

Sam Demel, David Hernandez and J.J. Putz pitched three innings of no-hit relief to end the game. Putz logged his fifth save on the year.

Tomorrow the Diamondbacks will go for a gritty road sweep, sending Daniel Hudson to the mound against ASU alum and alleged shoplifter Mike Leake. It is day baseball, starting at 9:35 AM Arizona time.

Join in the Diamondbacks conversation and for more insights over at The AZ Snakepit


Diamondback's Attendance Up For 2011 While League Overall Declines

CNBC's fantastic sports business reporter Darren Rovell has a study of attendance figures across Major League Baseball. His reporting finds an overall decrease of 304 fans per game on average so far in 2011. That's a decline of less than one percent but still troubling since it continues a trend. Since 2007 baseball has seen attendance steadily decline down from a high of 30,138 to 28,997 so far this season.

There is good news, however, for the D-backs who have had some record-low numbers in the later part of last season and set a new low for a Sunday game this season. The gritty Snakes are up .1 percent  to 23,710 per game so far this season. As Kirk Gibson has said, people will come watch the team if they are competitive and so far, he's right. Let's see if this trend continues through the summer.

The Diamondbacks rank 19th in average attendance so far this season.

Granted, it's a small sample size with just nine home games played over one home stand, but at least the numbers aren't going down like they are elsewhere in baseball. Attendance is down at Wrigley (-16%) for the Cubs and the Dodgers are down (-13.2%) as well.

SB Nation's Rob Neyer loves to talk about there being no demise of baseball coming, but certainly this four-year trend has to be troubling.


Diamondbacks, Kennedy Look To Continue Domination Of Reds

Hey Cincinnati, how does that Diamondbacks' a$& taste? OK, it may be a bit too soon for hyperbolic celebration but another win over the mighty Reds (9-8) is definitely cause for celebration in Arizona. It's been a long, hot, dry spell of bad baseball in the desert and you better believe we are going to cling to any signs of progress. Shoots of green hope come from unlikely sources, Ryan Roberts for example, but a win is a win is a very nice win in Game 1.

Today the series continues with each team's soft-throwing ace on the mound. Ian Kennedy (1-1, 6.88) will face Bronson Arroyo (2-1, 4.24) in a battle of curve ball versus changeup. May the best junk win.

Kennedy is coming off his worst start of the season where he gave up nine runs in just three innings in a loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. Of course, that start came on top of his best outing where he went eight innings and allowed just one run while punching out nine batters. That, coincidently, came against these Reds. I think the kids call that "pwnd".

Today's game starts at 4:10 p.m. Arizona time (the BEST time) and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Arizona. Live game thread at AZ Snake Pit will be jumping and bumping as always.

Time for some Farm Reporting where we learn that first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, aka Big Goldy, already has seven homeruns on the season for the AA Mobile BayBears:

Diamondbacks Farm Round-Up: April 19th - AZ Snake Pit
All three Diamondbacks affiliates that saw action today won - though it took one of them 12 innings to pull out the victory. In general, it was an offensive-driven sweep: our farm teams outscored the opposition 25-14 in total, and there were three players who had four-hit games today. 

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