SB Nation Arizona
Stay connected for news and updates Follow @sbnarizona
Like us to subscribe
The Arizona Diamondbacks finally found the long-ball they so desperately need to generate runs. It was Gerardo Parra's career-first grand slam in the second inning that broke this game open and gave the D-backs their first win over the Atlanta Braves and ended a five-game skid with a 6-4 win.
Parra's shot to deep right field came after Braves starter Randall Delgado gave up a big two-out rally started a Jason Kubel single, a Cody Ransom double and then an intentional walk to John McDonald with the bases loaded. Delgado then walked Ian Kennedy to plate one run and after falling behind Parra, gave up the four-run blast.
The D-backs added an insurance run in the seventh when an RBI double from Aaron Hill plated Parra who had singled and stolen second base.
Kennedy wasn't "lights out" but against a hot-hitting Braves lineup, he'll take seven inning pitched with nine scattered hits, three runs, five strikeouts and just two walks. Not giving up the free bases was key for Kennedy surviving the Braves bats.
"They've been hitting the ball really good. I think they're probably one of the hottest-hitting offenses in the league," Kennedy said. "You don't like getting swept. Have a win at the end of the weekend and come back (Monday)."
David Hernandez and J.J. Putz closed out the eighth and ninth innings although Putz did give up a solo home run to big Juan Francisco.
The D-backs pitchers were helped by several spectacular defensive plays behind him from both Aaron Hill at second and John McDonald at short.
The offensive star was obviously Parra with four RBI, a home run a single, a stolen base and two runs scored. Justin Upton went 0-2 in his second game back but was on base twice with a walk and hit by pitch (left hand). Jason Kubel continues to hit well. He had two singles and a walk.
The D-backs finish the four game series with the Braves with just this one win. They open up against the struggling Phllies (7-9) who, unlike the Braves, aren't hitting the ball well. LHP Wade Miley will get his first start of the season after going 4-2 last year. He's starting in place of the injured Daniel Hudson who's on the DL with a shoulder injury.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are hoping their staff ace, Ian Kennedy, can end the five-game losing streak the team is currently on and bring the Snakes back to .500. Manager Kirk Gibson, however, doesn't want Kennedy feeling like he's got to throw a shutout and overall doesn't want any of his players trying to do too much on their own.
"We went through this last year. It's not fun. It's frustrating. But you come out of it," Gibby said.
As for Monday's starting pitcher to take the place of the injured Daniel Hudson, Gibby would only say, "We're still discussing it. We're not prepared to do that."
Here's a bit more on the thinking that goes into that decision:
"If I started Miley, then what does that do to my bullpen. If he pitches good, he's out for five days so that changes the complexion of your bullpen. Then you look and try and forecast how long Daniel (Hudson) is going to be out. It's not that easy. We've got a game today. We're going to see how we come through the game. Miley might pitch today. If he pitches today, he's out tomorrow. He's certainly one of the guys we're considering, but we could also bring somebody up."
It doesn't help that none of the top young prospects would be ready to go on Monday. Derek Eitel is scheduled to pitch for the Double-A Mobile Bay Bears and Zach Kroenke is slotted for the Triple-A Reno Aces. Patrick Crobin is scheduled to get a start on Tuesday.
It's entirely possible that Miley goes on Monday and then Corbin is brought up as a long reliever. In his last start on Thursday the 19th, Patrick threw seven innings, giving up seven hits and two runs. His ERA is 2.25 on the season. It seems unlikely the D-backs would bring him up and have him make his major league debut on short rest.
Kirk Gibson likes to mix up his lineup and certainly with the team scuffling and struggling to generate offense, it's no surprise to see him insert a few different guys and move folks around. Cody Ransom is done passing kidney stones, so he'll get the start at third in place of Ryan Roberts.
"Hopefully, he won't have any recurrence during the game," Gibby quipped.
The D-backs will face Braves RHP Randall Delgado who throws a fastball and change-up and mixes in a curve. The Braves were successful pitching the D-backs away on Saturday, so we'll look to see if they continue that approach.
-- Reliever Takashi Saito is shutdown again. He had a setback with his calf injury. Gibby wasn't sure yet on a timetable.
Arizona loses its fifth straight, but Justin Upton returned to the starting lineup.
The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired third baseman Josh Bell from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for cash. Bell is in his third year and has show meager offensive production, batting only .200 in his two years.
Gibby on @DHuddy41 injury - "MRI showed no structural damage. At this point in the season, we're not going to push him through."
— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) April 21, 2012
Hudson was placed on the 15 day DL earlier today with a right shoulder impingement. Hudson had been less than impressive so far this year, allowing 12 earned runs in 18 innings, posting a 1-1 record so far in 2012. Wade Miley has been mentioned as a possible replacement, temporarily moving out of the bullpen and into the rotation. That would make sense in light of the fact that the Diamondbacks also made a call to their Triple-A affiliate, calling up right handed reliever Jonathan Albaladejo.
Hudson has been in good spirits on twitter, thanking fans for their support and calling the injury a "rough little stretch."
The official Arizona Diamondbacks twitter announced a couple of roster changes Saturday afternoon, calling right handed pitcher Jonathan Albaladejo up to replace the right handed Daniel Hudson, who they put on the 15 day DL retroactive to April 16. Hudson last pitched on Wednesday, April 18, going 7.2 innings in a losing effort versus the Pittsburgh Pirates. He's had a rough season so far, going 1-2 in three games and posting a 6.00 ERA (12 earned runs in 18 innings pitched). He goes on the DL with a right shoulder impingement.
Albaladejo has been playing for the Triple-A affiliate Reno Aces, earning a 2.35 ERA over 7.2 innings of relief. Opponents were batting .087 against him, failing to score a run in his last three outings. He is likely a temporary placeholder, depending on how the Diamondbacks pitching roster shakes out. Takashi Saito is due to return from the disabled list shortly, and Trevor Bauer may be ready to start throwing for the team. With Arizona having lost four in a row and standing at 7-7, they'll need somebody to pitch in if they want to turn things around.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are finding life without Justin Upton and Chris Young incredibly difficult, losing their last four games at Chase Field. Combine the absence of these two outfielders with a red-hot Braves team and it's pretty understandable that the team is struggling so much. The D-backs will look to end their losing streak on Saturday night against Atlanta, sending Joe Saunders to the mound. Tommy Hanson will make the start for the Braves.
Saunders has pitched very well thus far in 2012, going 1-0 with an ERA of 0.64. While he will not strike out many batters, he does a nice job of avoiding walks and putting extra runners on base. Hanson enters the game with a record of 1-2 and an ERA of 3.71. His velocity has been a bit down this season, but he still strikes out just under a batter per-inning. His BB% is also a bit higher than normal, so the D-backs will need to be patient at the plate against the young righty.
The game is scheduled for a 5:10 p.m. start from Chase Field. FOX Sports Arizona-Plus will have the game live. KTAR 620 AM will have the radio coverage across the Phoenix area. ESPN Deportes 710 will provide the spanish feed of the game.
For more on the Diamondbacks and the series, check out AZ Snake Pit.
Atlanta rolls as Arizona loses its fourth straight.
Trevor Cahill and Brandon Beachy face off in Chase Field Friday night
The D-backs can muster nothing and Collmenter improves.
Kirk Gibson seemed to have no problem brushing off the last two losses to the Pirates and despite missing his biggest bats was in a good mood prior to the Arizona Diamondbacks series-opener against the Atlanta Braves.
"You have to be optimistic. You get up, get a happy hair cut, you feel good, you come to work excited to play again," Gibby said.
Justin Upton (thumb) is still considered day-to-day and will sit out this game. He, along with Chris Young, were in the batting cages taking one-armed swings to try and keep their timing and core strength.
"Between them, they each have one good arm," Gibby quipped.
Gibson said Upton has been in contact with New York Mets third baseman David Wright, who dealt with a broken pinkie finger recently and missed three games. Upton saw Wright on TV squeezing something that looked like silly putty with his hand, which he used to keep it loose.
Paul Goldschmidt is back in the lineup after sitting the last two days. Gibson insisted that Paul is still considered the everyday guy but he got an extra day off to help with his mental approach. According to his manager, Goldy was beating himself up a bit and getting too mechanical.
"Goldy, I think sometimes we get too technical and think about the wrong things."
Gibby will continue to play his bench guys and try and get days off for his position players where he can. He feels like that can prevent some injuries that happen early in the season as players adjust to the start of the marathon.
-- Facing a lefty-heavy lineup with Josh Collmenter on the mound, Gibby moved Jason Kubel back to left field and put Gerardo Parra in right where his arm can hopefully help hold runners from taking extra bases if balls are hit into the corner.
-- Ryan Roberts has been working on his throws from third base. He's had a tendency to drop his arm slot down and not get on top of the ball and as a result, his throws are bouncing in the dirt. He's been working with Matt Williams on that and his footwork. Gibby said it's not a concern but it's something that can be fixed.
Arizona hopes to get back on track and find some offensive production against the Atlanta Braves.