PITTSBURGH - JUNE 09: Chris Young #24 of the Arizona Diamondbacks is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after hitting a two run home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 8th inning during the game on June 9, 2011 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Chris Young Powers D-backs To Victory, 2-0

The bullpen failed again to hold a lead and the Dbacks fall 3-2 in 12 innings.

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Chris Young Powers Diamondbacks To Win Over Pirates, 2-0

The Pittsburgh Pirates are a scrappy little team. They kind of remind us of the Arizona Diamondbacks. The fought hard and played well but in the end (or at least in the eighth inning) it was Chris Young's two-run blast that was the difference in another tight game between these up-and-coming teams.

Josh Collmenter pitched another gem, giving up no runs and four hits in 5 innings of work but the pesky Pirates forced him into long innings and ran up his pitch count with a ton of foul balls. That made Kirk Gibson go to his bull pen in the sixth inning but fortunately, Micah Owings was up to the task.

Owings went 2.1 innings and earned the win (2-0) and in the eighth inning he made his way on base with an infield hit. Chris Young followed with a two-run blast just inside the left field foul poll. David Hernandez came on and closed it out in the ninth with J.J. Putz unavailable due to what's been reported as minor back stiffness.

The Diamondbacks lost the series to the Pirates 2-1. It was their first series loss since getting swept by the Giants in mid-May. Next up is a four-game set in Florida against the Fish.

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


Walkoff HR By Andrew McCutchen Beats Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2 In 12 Innings

In what has begun to be a a troubling pattern for the Arizona Diamondbacks, the bullpen could not hold on to a lead and lose to the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 on a walkoff homerun by Andrew McCutchen in the 12 inning in the second game of the road series.

The Diamondbacks had a very difficult time figuring out Paul Maholm on Wednesday night, as the Pirates' starting pitcher went six innings and gave up only one hit, a single to Chris Young.

Stephen Drew came up big in the clutch, stroking a one-out pinch hit single that scored second baseman Kelly Johnson in the top of the 8th inning.

History repeated itself in the top of the 10th inning, with Drew driving in Johnson to give the D-backs a 2-1 lead.

J.J. Putz came on in the bottom of the 10th and immediately blew the save, allowing Neil Walker to stroke a single up the middle, scoring Andrew McCutchen on the play.

Arizona starting pitcher Zach Duke looked sharp in his return to PNC Park, where he was a member of the Pirates for six seasons before ending up in Phoenix for the 2011 campaign.

Duke scattered nine hits over seven innings, giving up only one run. Zach Kroenke, who gave up the game-winning homer to McCutchen suffered the first loss of his career. 


Mark Grace Arrested For DUI, Impaired To 'The Slightest Degree'

Former Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago Cubs first baseman and current Fox Sports color analyst Mark Grace was reportedly arrested for DUI in Scottsdale, AZ on Memorial Day. According to the report in the Arizona Republic, he was pulled over around 1:00 a.m. on May 30. 

According to he police report he was stopped after he made a wide right turn and was seen weaving within his lane. He didn't have his wallet or driver's license with him but told police that he had a few drinks. He was taken to the police station and had his blood drawn. 

Grace was arrested "on suspicion of driving with a blood-alcohol of more than the legal limit of 0.08 percent and being DUI-impaired to the slightest degree, according to police reports."

Grace was a member of the 2001 World Series Championship team and played in Chicago from 1988-2000. He retired as a player in 2003 and became the primary TV analyst for Fox Sports Arizona broadcasts of the Arizona Diamondbacks games. Grace also regularly works nationally televised games for Fox Sports.

The Arizona Diamondbacks or Fox Sports Arizona have yet to provide any comment on the report.


Diamondbacks Blow First Late Lead Of Season, Lose To Pirates 8-5

The Arizona Diamondbacks haven't lost two consecutive games since May 12 and 13 and they were 24-0 when leading after seven innings. Both of  those streaks feel on Tuesday to the Pittsburgh Pirates when the normally steady David Hernandez gave up five runs in the eighth inning with the D-backs leading 5-3. 

Daniel Hudson started the game a bit shaky (again) but regrouped (again) and finished with a nice line: three runs, one earned, three hits, seven strikeouts, and one walk. Offensively, the Diamondbacks got solo homers from Kelly Johnson, Juan Miranda, and Chris Young who is tied with Prince Fielder for the National League lead in extra-base hits. 

Hernandez had an ERA of of just 1.65 with just five-earned runs allowed all season (27.1 IP) before he matched that total by giving up five earned in this game while recording no outs. Here's the blow-by-blow:

1.Garrett Jones doubles (7) on a fly ball to right fielder Justin Upton.
2.Jose Tabata doubles (12) on a fly ball to right fielder Justin Upton. Garrett Jones scores.
3.Josh Harrison singles on a ground ball to center fielder Chris Young. Jose Tabata scores.
4.Xavier Paul hits a sacrifice bunt. Josh Harrison to 2nd. Xavier Paul to 1st.
5.Andrew McCutchen walks. Josh Harrison to 3rd. Xavier Paul to 2nd.
6.Lyle Overbay doubles (12) on a line drive to center fielder Chris Young. Josh Harrison scores. Xavier Paul scores. Andrew McCutchen scores.
Pitcher Change: Esmerling Vasquez replaces David Hernandez, batting 9th.

The D-backs will be back at it on Wednesday.

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

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