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The Arizona Diamondbacks announced some roster moves Thursday as infielder Geoff Blum and pitcher Alberto Castillo have been activated from the disabled list, while recalling pitchers Ryan Cook and Sam Demel from Triple-A Reno, according to Diamondbacks General Manager Kevin Towers.
Cook had been called up two previous times to the Show, sporting a 0-1 record with an unfortunate 21.60 ERA (4 ER in 1.2 IP) and .583 opponents average. In 14 games with Triple-A Reno, he went 0-1 with 6 saves, a 2.12 ERA (4 ER in 17.0 IP) and .224 opponents average (13-for-58) with 8 walks and 12 strikeouts. As for Demel, his 2-2 record and 3.60 ERA (10 ER in 25.0 IP) in 32 games for the D-backs was enough for the team to want him back after he was optioned to Reno on August 1. Demel held opponents scoreless in his final 6 games and 8 of his 11 outings with the Aces.
Arizona will be excited to get Geoff Blum back after placing him on the DL July 26 with a fractured right pinkie finger; his second stint on the DL this year. In 3 rehabilitation appearances with AZL D-backs and Single-A Visalia, he hit .625 (5-for-8) with 2 doubles, a home run and 3 RBI. They can definitely use the infield depth and another decent bat in the lineup from Blum.
As for Castillo, his DL stint starting July 30 caused him to miss 30 games with left shoulder tendinitis. He made 3 rehabilitation appearances with Reno, allowing only one unearned run with 2 walks and 3 strikeouts over 3.0 innings of work. He posted a 1-0 record and 0.96 ERA (1 ER in 9.1 IP) with 7 walks and 6 strikeouts in 12 games for the D-backs this year.
The team still has one spot left on their 40 man roster as well yet to be filled.
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The Arizona Diamondbacks won their ninth-straight game and held on to a six-game lead over the San Francisco Giants who managed to (finally) get a home win against the Cubs. The win also marks the second-straight series sweep over a divisional foe. The Colorado Rockies didn't go down without a fight but in the end, they were sent away winless.
Josh Collmenter has now faced the Rockies four times and they seemed a bit more prepared for him. The Rox recorded five hits and hit several other balls hard that the defense was able to turn into outs. What saved Collmenter was the zero walks issued. He gave up a solo home run to the suddenly powerful Dexter Fowler (his second on the season) and an RBI to Eliezer Alfonzo.
"Just think about how many runs we save," skipper Kirk Gibson said after the game. "It's just awesome. We played great defense...We've been talking about it, that makes your pitching a lot better. Josh (Collmenter) didn't walk anybody. So, when you're not walking anybody and you're making big plays like that consistently it just helps you hold 'em down."
Miguel Montero provided the pop with a three-run home run in the first inning after Willie Bloomquist singled and Justin Upton was hit by his 16th pitch of the season. Gerardo Parra, who gunned down the speedy Fowler at the plate earlier in the game, drove in a fourth D-back run in sixth.
The bullpen continued to be effective. They went three scoreless innings to secure the win for Collmenter. J.J. Putz gets his 35th save.
The D-backs now head to San Francisco with a chance to put the Giants in a very deep hole with a couple of wins.
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New Diamondbacks reliever Brad Ziegler talks about his adjustment coming to Arizona which included a difference of opinion with the coaching staff that eventually got resolved.
Arizona Diamondbacks rookie call-up Paul Goldschmidt has been having one heck of a good season thus far, and now has some hardware to prove it. USA Today released their choice as the 2011 Minor League Player of the year, and lo and behold, Mr. Goldschmidt was their pick.
The 23-year-old first baseman was leading all minor leaguers with 30 home runs and 94 RBI when the Arizona Diamondbacks promoted him to the big leagues August 1 from the Class AA Mobile BayBears. Goldschmidt got the nod over other players like the Angels' Mike Trout (.326 11 HR, 38 RBI), the Braves' Julio Teheran (15-2 2.22 ERA 121 K) and the Padres Joe Wieland (13-3 1.79 ERA, 144 K); all having very good year's in their own right between the major and minor leagues.
"He's like a sponge in that he wants to soak up anything that can make him a better baseball player. He's doing things the right way. He's always looking for consistency and how he can work on the mental side of the game. He's learned how to handle his failures. He just keeps moving forward.
The Arizona Diamondbacks, after losing six straight games, have kicked things into high gear again, with pristine pitching and blazing hot batting. The D-backs pushed their win streak to eight with a 9-4 rout of the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night. The victory also pushes their home winning streak to 11 games.
Recent call-up Wade Miley got his second win, while holding the Rockies to two runs over six innings pitched. It wasn’t always pretty, though. Miley allowed nine hits and a walk, but managed to sneak through.
After spending weeks trying but failing to generate runs, Arizona has been able to score in abundance during their home stand against National League West competition. On Tuesday, Miguel Montero and Justin Upton slugged homers, driving in three and two runs, respectively. Gerardo Parra added a two-run triple and nearly batted for the cycle, going 4-for-5 but missing a home run. Aaron Hill added a single in the sixth inning to score Justin Upton.
As has been the case throughout their winning streak, Arizona and its pitching staff once again stranded opponents’ base runners, this time leaving nine Rockies out to dry.
Arizona has now taken a six-game lead in the division — sizable, though they still have six head-to-head games against the San Francisco Giants, who are mired in a significant slump and have lost eight of their past 12.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have won their seventh straight game as they survived the Colorado Rockies in the ninth inning and emerged 5-1 victors on Monday night. The Diamondbacks lead the best-of-three series 1-0.
Arizona jumped out to an early lead when Ryan Roberts homered in the first inning to give the Diamondbacks a 1-0 lead. The rest of the Diamondbacks offense came in the sixth inning when Miguel Montero, Paul Goldschmidt, John McDonald and Daniel Hudson all recorded hits for runs. The inning resulted in five hits total for four runs.
Daniel Hudson (14-9) was great all night, giving up just three hits and striking out eight batters over seven innings. The game, however, became uneasily close in the ninth inning when the Rockies filled up the bases. Bryan Shaw was replaced by Joe Paterson, who in turn was later replaced by J.J. Putz. The Rockies did score one run, but Putz came up big and sealed the deal by getting the Diamondbacks' final two outs.
The Diamondbacks are now 76-59 and are four games up on the San Francisco Giants in the NL West. Arizona have been extremely streaky over their past 20 games, sandwiching two seven-game winning streaks between a six-game losing streak. Let's hope that the Diamondbacks can keep their positive momentum going and stretch this current streak even longer.
Dan Hudson takes the mound to start a three-game series against the Rockies. It will be interesting to see if they look as disinterested in playing late-summer baseball as the Padres did.