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.

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