D-backs Sweep Padres With 6-1 Sunday Win

The D-backs won their sixth-straight to sweep the Padres.

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Arizona Diamondbacks Injury Update: Hernandez Ankle, Blum Finger And September Call-Ups

The Arizona Diamondbacks, like most teams, have had their share of injuries. They luckily avoided a seventh broken bone of the season on Saturday night when David Hernandez took a line drive off the ankle and turned out to only be a bruise. Geoff Blum, broken finger, and reliever Alberto Castillo (shoulder) both spoke before Sunday's game and gave injury updates.

Hernandez had his ankle taped before the game but said he had no swelling or lingering pain from the ball that hit him during the eighth inning Saturday. At first, he said, his entire foot went numb and he was worried but the x-rays were negative and after a variety of treatments he's feeling much better today. It's unlikely he will pitch on Sunday but said he could if needed. 

The D-backs dodged a bullet on that one. They could hardly afford to lose their valuable set-up man at this point in the season.

Infielder Geoff Blum is close to returning after breaking a finger fielding a ground ball in a game in late July. He's targeting September 1st for his return.

Reliever Alberto Castillo is rehabbing a shoulder issue. He threw 25 pitches in a bullpen session on Sunday. Manager Kirk Gibson said he would throw a few more sessions but could be back in the next week or so.

September call-ups

The Diamondbacks are having discussions about potential September call-ups when the roster expands on September 1st. With Double-A Mobile in the playoffs, Gibson said the team would be mindful of who they bring up. At the same time, he wants to be sure he has plenty of arms available should his team get into a long extra innings game.

With five top prospects in Mobile (Tyler Skaggs, Patrick Corbin, Jarrod Parker, Charles Brewer and Trevor Bauer) all in one place, it will be interesting to see who gets the nod.

Gibson did say the team will call-up a third catcher to have on the roster even though newly acquired shortstop John McDonald made it clear he has both a first base and catchers glove and is prepared to play anywhere. The team doesn't want to call-up other position players just to have them around and not doing anything though. 

Record-setting pitching

This is a great pregame note from AZ Snake Pit via Twitter:

 

Twitter / @AZSnakepit:
AZ pitchers have allowed 4 runs in five games, the best record since Sep '99. One run or less from IPK today would set a new six-game mark.

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Arizona Diamondbacks Attendance Booms During Pennant Race

The Arizona Diamondbacks are undergoing a renaissance at the turnstiles. As the team continues its push for the playoffs, more and more curious Phoenix residents are making their way down to Chase Field to watch the D-backs play ball.

In the second half of the season, Arizona has hosted five home games on Friday nights. The first four games averaged 25,163 fans in attendance per contest. This were games against the Los Angeles Dodgers (x2), the Colorado Rockies, and the New York Mets.

It is well known that Phoenix has a sizable Dodgers fanbase (if you don't believe this, go check out their Spring Training games), and yet the pennant-chasing D-backs could only average 26,091 fans for the two games.

Fast forward to August 26, the first game back in Arizona after the Diamondbacks went on a 10 game road trip to the east coast. With a three game lead in the NL West standings over the San Francisco Giants, Arizona came back to Chase Field and were rewarded handsomely with the largest Friday night crowd since the home opener in April -- 34,074 fans.

The Diamondbacks delivered, scoring four runs in the first inning en route to a 5-0 victory over the San Diego Padres. With half an hour to go before Saturday night's game begins, the stands are already filling up nicely. That may have a little to do with the Chris Young bobblehead day, but this pennant race has finally brought out the fans in Phoenix.

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Arizona Diamondbacks 5, San Diego Padres 0: Postgame Notes

Over 34,000 fans showed up to Chase Field and saw the Arizona Diamondbacks take advantage of the three errors by the San Diego Padres and steal four bases en route to a 5-0 shutout of the San Diego Padres. Josh Collmenter picked up his eighth victory and lowered his ERA to 3.19 on the season. All of this he did without his best stuff. 

Some observations and game notes from the Friday night game:

  • The Diamondbacks got in to Phoenix their flight about 2:30 AM and had batting practice for the first time in a few days. Even still, they got out to the early lead, which allowed them to (at least in appearance) coast a bit to the victory.
  • Kirk Gibson took Collmenter out with one out in the sixth inning, despite not having given up a run and only allowing six hits. "He went as far as we needed him to go and didn't want to get his pitch count up any higher," he explained. 
  • Gibby on Brad Zeigler, who retired the last two outs of the sixth: "He's kind of settling into his role. He's throwing the ball real good and getting out lefties better."
  • Gibby on Joe Paterson, who closed out the game: "(He) threw a real sharp inning. We've been trying to bring him along all year about getting righties out. He studies a lot of lefties. I know he studies Lopez and Randy Choate. He watches film on those guys all the time. He's starting to be much more effective out there."
  • Ryan Roberts on whether Nick Hundley's throw in the first inning hit his bat after he struck out, leading to Willie Bloomquist scoring the first run of the ballgame: "If it did, it might have hit it on my backswing, but I was more or less concerned about swinging and missing and then seeing where he (Bloomquist) was, rather than where the ball was. It didn't square it up by any means."
  • The explanation I heard about that play was that it was not interference because he was still in the batters box.
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