Galarraga, Young And Bloomquist Lift D-backs Over Cubs, 6-4

Nice win for the D-backs to beat the Cubs "ace" with their fifth starter. CY was fantastic in the field and while it wasn't perfect baseball, it was effective.

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Diamondbacks Do It With Defense And Pitching, Beat Cubs 6-4

Pretty good day for the Arizona Diamondbacks and their fifth starter, Armando Galarraga. The last guy in the rotation took the ball and had some very good stuff going. His slider was devastating as he racked up five strikeouts in seven innings of four-run work. Galarraga did give up two homeruns but neither were particularly painful.

Offensively, Willie Bloomquist had another great game with two hits, an RBI and a steal. He's now hit safely in every game of the season and leads the majors with five steals. Stephen Drew might be ready to come back soon and take his job at short, but there's now way Gibson doesn't pencil in Bloomquist at third to keep that hot bat in the order. Right? 

Chris Young was fantastic in center field. He made two great plays on balls coming in and grabbed one out of the still-dead ivy off the brick wall. Two hits, two runs, two RBI for CY.

The bullpen gave up one run in the eighth but closer J.J. Putz made mincemeat of the Cubs in the ninth. It sure is nice to see what a closer can do and boy is it comforting to have that guy waiting to put games to bed. 2 saves so far for Putz. 

The D-backs return from their road trip with an acceptable 2-3 record. None of the losses were of the "stomach turning" variety and two road wins for this team is solid. The Snakes are off on Thursday and then hosts the Reds on Friday for the Home Opener. 

Roger Clyne, the frontman for the independent rock group Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers, will sing "The Star Spangled Banner" for the game.

For more on this game and everything else Diamondbacks related, visit AZ Snakepit.


Diamondbacks Fall To Cubs In 'Gritty' Loss, 6-5

We said before the season started that progress would be measured in more ways than wins and losses. Trust us, we said that. So far we are seeing that as the 1-3 Diamondbacks don't actually look all that bad. In today's loss to the Chicago Cubs played on the road in difficult weather conditions, the Arizona team at least showed some fight and battled to a close game.

At some point, these close games are bound to turn in the D-backs favor but it's going to take fewer mistakes. Today's goat was Miguel Montero. In the second inning with two outs and runners on second and third, Enright walked Fukudome but Montero's pickoff throw to second went into center field. That throw allowed the runner on third to score and the runner on second to advance. 

It was the only error of the game and it cost just one run, but for the Diamondbacks that one run was the difference. Montero's defense overall continues to be an issue that doesn't seem to have improved since last season. He has two errors in four games (both on critical throws) so far this season.

Starting pitcher Barry Enright clearly didn't have his best stuff, but he managed to battle through and finished a the kind of line that any team can live with from their fourth starter: six innnigs, seven hits, four earned runs, three walks and three strikeouts on the day. 

Offensively, the D-bats were slow to arrive but a three-run seventh briefly tied the game before Sam Demel and Joe Paterson came out of the pen and gave two back.

Gerardo Parra and Willie Bloomquist continue to swing hot sticks as the two combined for a pair of singles that plated the three runs. It should be noted that Russel Branyan came up with the bases loaded and one out and went down swinging. Ryan Roberts scored the final run of the game in the ninth inning off a Xavier Nady ground out RBI.

The D-backs have lost three-straight but boy, does it feel good not bad.

For more on this game and everything else Diamondbacks related, visit AZ Snakepit where Gingers are loved:

Arizona Diamondbacks @ Chicago Cubs GameThread, Apr 5, 2011 11:20 AM MST - AZ Snake Pit

Our favorite gingers:

10. Karen Gillan (Dr. Who assistant Ginger)
9. Simon Pegg (Ginger of the Dead)
8. The Weasleys (Pure-blood wizarding Gingers)
7. George Washington (Founding Ginger)
6. Nancy Drew (Teenage Investigative Ginger)
5. Robert Redford (Natural Ginger)
4. Gillian Anderson (X Ginger)
3. Vincent Van Gogh (Ear missing Ginger)
2. Milla Jovovich (Kickass Ginger)
1. Barry Enright (Starting today for the Diamondbacks Ginger)


Arizona Diamondbacks Schedule: Enright Faces Cubs At Wrigley

The Arizona Diamondbacks fell to 1-2 on the young season with yesterday's loss to the Chicago Cubs. The series continues today with another day game at Wrigley Field. The ivy might not be in full bloom yet, but baseball is being played and that's all that matters.

Today's match-up features D-backs fourth starter, Barry Enright against Andrew Cashner for the Cubs. The fiery redhead went 6-7 with a 3.91 ERA for the D-backs after a mid-summer call up. He won a job on the staff with a solid spring. Cashner will be making his first major league start today for the Cubs after spending last season in the pen. 

Shortstop Stephen Drew (ab strain) made his first appearance in yesterday's game when he drew a walk in the ninth inning as a pinch-hitter. He should be getting closer to getting his job back in the field but his replacement, Willie Bloomquist, isn't going to go quietly back to the bench. 

Bloomquist lead off yesterday's game with a homerun and is now hitting .357 and has no errors in the field.

Here's today's lineup as tweeted by the team:

Bloomquist SS, Johnson 2B, Upton RF, Montero C, Young CF, Miranda 1B, Roberts 3B, Parra LF, Enright RHP

First pitch is scheduled for 11:20 a.m. local time with the game broadcast here in Phoenix on Fox Sports AZ and 620 KTAR radio. For more on the game and to discuss the Diamondbacks with other fans, visit AZ Snakepit.


Diamondbacks Lose To Cubs Despite Willie Bloomquist's Leadoff Homer

The Arizona Diamondbacks got off to a good start in Monday’s game against the Chicago Cubs as Willie Bloomquist sent the fourth pitch of the game into the left field bleachers of Wrigley Field, but unfortunately that’d be the only offense Arizona was able to mount as the team eventually went on to lose 4-1.

Bloomquist was filling in for Stephen Drew as his abdominal injury isn’t quite healed though he is apparently getting closer according to manager Kirk Gibson.

The Cubs were able to score on a homer from Alfonso Soriano, his second of the season, in the bottom of the third to tie the game and then take the lead in the bottom of the fourth on a sacrifice fly from Carlos Pena after Joe Saunders walked Geovany Soto to load the bases.

Arizona had a chance to take the lead after trailing 2-1 as the Diamondbacks were able to load the bases with one out in the eighth due to a throwing error by Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro. That rally didn’t work out as planned however because former phenom Kerry Wood, pitching for the third straight day, got Ryan Roberts to watch a third strike go by him before forcing Gerardo Parra to fly out.

The Cubs added an additional two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to secure the victory.

For more on the Diamondbacks, check out our team blog at AZ Snake Pit. And for more on the enemy, head on over to our Cubs blog Bleed Cubbie Blue.

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