D-backs Snag 3-2 Win, Though Kennedy Gets Robbed

Ian Kennedy had a terrific pitching performance, but J.J. Putz blew his third save in his last five appearances. But all's well that ends well: The D-backs got a much-needed 3-2 win over the Giants to avoid the sweep.

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Kirk Gibson Not Happy With Diamondbacks' Play Despite Beating Giants (Video)

In his postgame remarks, Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson was not pleased with the way his team played in the face of their division rivals. He credited starting pitcher Ian Kennedy with a strong eight inning performance in the 3-2 win and of course, was pleased with Chris Young's two-run homer and Justin Upton's walk-off blast, but overall he was not a happy skipper.

"We didn't play good, but we won the game," Gibson said. "We're just talking about the fundamentals. Trust me, everybody's busting it. But it's unacceptable. Our approach with runners in scoring position is not even close to what it needs to be. We're 0-for-our-last -10. We're 3-for-21 this series. They've got good pitching, but we've got to change the way we approach those situations if we expect to be successful for the full season."

Gibby thought the team was a little tighter Thursday night, facing the possibility of a being swept at home by the Giants.

 



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Prospect David Holmberg Extends Scoreless Streak To 27 Innings

The future of the Arizona Diamondbacks just keeps looking brighter and brighter.

Class A pitcher David Holmberg, the 2009 2nd round pick that the D-Backs received in last year's Edwin Jackson trade, is in the midst of a stunning streak. After striking out 10 in seven shutout innings yesterday, the nineteen-year old lefthander extended his scoreless inning streak to 27 innings. The remarkable run stretches over four straight starts, and has lowered Holmberg's ERA to an impressive 2.61.

"I've been working on some things on the side with our pitching coach and I've been able to get outs with all my pitches lately -- fastball, slider, curve, changeup," Holmberg told MinorLeagueBaseball.com. "Things are going really well right now, obviously."

Initially thought to be a throw-in to the deal that brought D-Backs phenom Daniel Hudson to the desert, Holmberg continues to turn heads as he dominates the Midwest League. If the youngster can keep it up, Arizona's enviable stable of young arms -- including Hudson, Ian Kennedy, Jarrod Parker, Tyler Skaggs, Pat Corbin, and 2011 first-round picks Trevor Bauer and Archie Bradley -- will someday strike fear into the heart of the MLB.

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San Francisco Takes Another From Arizona, 5-2 Victory In Phoenix

Kelly Johnson, Justin Upton, and Chris Young had two hits apiece, but it was not enough for the Diamondbacks as they fell 5-2 to the Giants on Wednesday night.

When this important series began, Arizona was only a half game back of the NL West-leading Giants. After tonight's loss, they are now 2.5 games back and sinking quickly.

J.J. Putz had a rough night, giving up two runs in the ninth to give the Giants a 3-run lead. Starting pitcher Joe Saunders went seven good innings, serving up only three earned runs.

Stephen Drew and Xavier Nady had rough nights, going a collective 0-for-8 in the 5th and 6th spots in the batting order. Some timely hitting would have put the Diamondbacks much closer in this game, but their lack of clutchness shone through tonight.

The Diamondbacks look to salvage the series on Thursday night, when they send staff ace Ian Kennedy to the mound against San Francisco treat Ryan Vogelsong. Both pitchers are having career seasons, and this matchup should be appealing to baseball fans.

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Giants Take Game 1 Despite Diamondbacks Running Cain, 6-5

As these games between the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Francisco Giants keep telling us, these teams are close but the edge still goes to the World Champions. This time, as it's been in several previous meetings, the difference was the bullpen. And while the D-backs pen is much improved, they're  still an arm or two short to get over the hump in these close contests. Giants win 6-5 in the series opener and extend their lead in the NL West to 1.5 games.

Diamondbacks starter Josh Collmenter came into the evening sporting a sparkling 1.12 ERA, having given up just four earned runs in seven starts. That all came to an end Tuesday night as Collmenter was shaky from the get-go. He gave up a handful of hits and a couple of walks in the first four innings and was lucky to be down only two runs. Then in the fifth he put the walks and hits together and allowed three more. His line for the evening was five innings, five earned runs, eight hits, three walks, and four strike outs. 

With Zach Duke getting chased early the night before in Florida, it was not a good evening for the bullpen to work four innings. The combination of Aaron Heilman, Esmerling Vasquez, Joe Paterson, and David Hernandez did well enough to allow just one more run (Heiman's) and at least gave the offense a chance to be heroes...and they almost pulled it off.

After the team scratched across a run in the fifth, Miguel Montero came through in the sixth and made a game of it. He blasted a 2-2 pitch over the  right field wall that plated Stephen Drew and Chris Young. Justin Upton's double in the seventh sent Sean Burroughs home after his pinch-hit, lead off double got him in scoring position.

With the game 6-5 in the Giants favor, bearded closer Brian Wilson got two quick outs before walking the next two batters and advancing them to second and third on a wild pitch. Stephen Drew was at the plate with a chance to walk off a hero but he was called out on a pitch that appeared on replay to be just outside the strike zone.

Giants starter Matt Cain gave up five earned runs in 6.2 innings with two walks and four strike outs and one homerun. His ERA climbed to 3.61 and his record to 6-4 with the win.

The D-backs and Giants will suit up Wednesday with Madison Bumgarner (2-8, 3.23) facing Joe Saunders (3-6, 4.56).

For more on this game and all things Diamondbacks, visit AZ Snake Pit.

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