D-back Bats Go Ham, Pound In 11 Runs To Beat L.A. Dodgers

D-backs got the ship moving in the right direction for at least on game. Time will tell if this was a turning point or an anomaly.

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Diamondbacks Find Some Mojo, Pound Dodgers 11-4

Before the game, Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said he had already moved past Tuesday's tough loss and was feeling pretty positive about where the team was. Maybe he knew something or maybe being positive about everything, all the time, just happened to coincide with a big win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

More importantly, and still at least a week or two away from being answered, is the bigger meaning of this all-around team victory. Did a strong start from Joe Saunders, the best offensive showing of the season, and a competent bullpen performance signify a shift in momentum and a turning point in the season?

Stay tuned, D-backs fans. Stay tuned for the answer to that important question.

The offensive explosion started in the first inning with a Ryan Roberts solo home run and an Aaron Hill RBI single. The Snakes added nine more runs spread out over the next five innings with six different players recording an RBI.

"I don't want to speak for him," Willie Bloomquist (3-6, 1 RBI) said of Dodger's starter Ted Lily, "He didn't have his pinpoint control he usually does so we just tried to get pitches out over the plate and do something with them."

Gibson praised his team for being more patient in their approach and letting the ball travel deeper into the zone.

Joe Saunders was pitch perfect through six innings. He allowed a solo home run in the fourth but then ran out of gas in the seventh and gave up three more. But with 11 runs on the board for his team, Joe could afford to be a bit sloppy at the end of his game. That's not to say he was in the least bit pleased to be lifted without closing the book on the inning.

The 11 runs (on 14 hits) for the D-backs is two more than they managed to score in any other game this season.

The Diamondbacks have an off day Thursday and then open a home series against the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday.

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D-Backs Vs. Dodgers Lineup: Arizona Won't Face Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier

The Arizona Diamondbacks have a golden chance to pick up a victory on the Los Angeles Dodgers, as two of their best mashers at the plate look like they'll be sitting this one out.

Lineup cards for both teams are below. This will be the first time that neither Matt Kemp nor Andre Ethier will be in the lineup for the Dodgers this season. Adam Kennedy will take over for Justin Sellers at third base, batting 7th.

Chris Young continues to ease his way back into the lineup for the D-Backs.

Dodgers:
Herrera 8
Sands 7
Abreu 9
Van Slyke 3
Ellis 2
De Jesus 4
Gordon 6
Kennedy 5
Lilly 1

Diamondbacks:

Bloomquist 6
Roberts 5
Upton 9
Kubel 7
Goldschmidt 3
Hill 4
Parra 8
Blanco 2
Saunders 1


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Bullpen Blows 5-Run Lead, Dodgers Beat D-backs 8-7

The Arizona Diamondbacks offense came to life and Trevor Cahill pitched six strong innings, allowing only one run. But the bullpen allowed the Los Angeles Dodgers to tie the score in the seventh inning, giving up five runs. But despite a go-ahead homer from Lyle Overbay, who had four hits on the night, J.J. Putz gave up a two-run double to Ivan De Jesus in the ninth to blow the save and the Dodgers came away with an 8-7 win.

Cahill played with fire to start the game. He allowed the leadoff hitter to reach each of the first three innings, but two double plays and two baserunners thrown out attempting to steal by Henry Blanco erased the threat.

Newly called up third baseman Josh Bell introduced himself to the Diamondbacks fans in the bottom of the second with a two-run homer to centerfield that writer Nick Piecoro described as having traveled 5000 feet.

Justin Upton, who has had his issues hitting with runners in scoring position, came through in the third. After a leadoff double by Ryan Roberts, Upton singled to rightfield to make the score 3-0. With Roberts on second in the first inning with one out, Upton struck out looking, so the RBI was good to see.

Upton followed up that with a third RBI opportunity in the fifth. Willie Bloomquist doubled to start it off and Ryan Roberts sacrificed him to third. Instead of small ball, Upton instead doubled to left to chase Dodgers starter Aaron harang to give Arizona a 4-0 lead. After a wild pitch that sent Upton to third, Jason Kubel drove him in with a sacrifice fly.

Cahill allowed a run in the sixth inning, as the first two batters reached on hits, advanced on a wild pitch and scored on an Andre Ethier sacrifice fly.

In the bottom of the inning, Lyle Overbay hit a double to start things off. It was his third hit of the night. After a Josh Bell strikeout, Henry Blanco doubled him home to make it 6-1.

After Cahill left the ballgame, the Arizona bullpen made things interesting. Brad Ziegler gave up a hit, had a throwing error and then a double to make the score 6-2. Craig Breslow relieved him and gave up a hit to Tony Gwynn that scored two more to bring LA within two runs. Elian Herrera reached on a Josh Bell error and then Bobby Abreu singled home Gwynn.

Brian Shaw relieved Breslow and gave up a sacrifice fly to tie the score, but got James Loney to ground into a double play to end the inning.

After Overbay gave the D-backs the lead in the eighth with an eighth inning home run, closer J.J. Putz was asked to close the game. he was unable to. With one out, Elian Herrera and Bobby Abreu walked. Putz struck out LA's biggest bat in Andre Ethier, but De Jesus doubled over Chris Young's head to drive in both runners. It was Putz' third blown save and loss (0-3) of the season.

Overbay had four hits (including a double and a homer), scored three runs and drove in one. Fellow old guy Henry Blanco also had three hits and an RBI in a losing effort.

Josh Lindblom (2-0), who gave up the homer to Overbay, ended up with the win. Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth for his sixth save of the season.

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Arizona Diamondbacks Option Patrick Corbin, Recall Konrad Schmidt, Starting Lineups for D-backs Vs. Dodgers

During the game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night, catcher Miguel Montero tweaked his groin and left the game. Because of the injury and because pitcher Daniel Hudson will be back with the team soon, the team made a pair of roster moves.

They recalled catcher Konrad Schmidt from Triple-A Reno and optioned pitcher Patrick Corbin to Reno.

Montero is not expected to miss much time, but only having one catcher available is never a good idea. Manager Kirk Gibson said that, while Montero will not play at least until Friday when the Milwaukee Brewers come to town, he came in to the ballpark today not feeling too bad. Even still, playing him is not an option right now, because of teh nature of being a catcher. "He has to block balls," said Gibson.

Corbin's departure was in preparation for the return of Daniel Hudson, who said on Tuesday that he will not need another rehab start. "He had better command" of the 71 pitches he threw in his start on Monday than his previous start, said Gibson. The target is to have him return and make a start on Sunday against the Brewers.

Corbin impressed Gibson in his time with the big league club. Gibson said, "he's very good at all aspects of the game. He's got a good future ahead.

He has some things to work on down in the minors, and will do so in Reno instead of Mobile, where he was called up from. Gibson expects him to be used again and make an impact.

Here are the starting lineups for Tuesday's game against the Dodgers:

Dodgers:

  1. Tony Gwynn, Jr., CF
  2. Elian Herrera, 2B
  3. Bobby Abreu, LF
  4. Andre Ethier, RF
  5. Adam Kennedy, 3B
  6. James Loney, 1B
  7. A.J. Ellis, C
  8. Dee Gordon, SS
  9. Aaron Harang, P
Diamondbacks:

First pitch will be at 6:40 PM. The game will be televised on FS Arizona.

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Daniel Hudson Could Return To D-backs Starting Rotation This Weekend

In one of the more significant player injuries that the Arizona Diamondbacks have suffered, starting pitcher Daniel Hudson could be returning to the starting rotation soon, perhaps as early as the weekend, according to Nick Piecoro.

Hudson only has made three starts for Arizona this season. He had a rehab start on Monday in Triple-A Reno. It was solid enough, as he went five innings, allowing two runs on five hits, striking out two.

What was more important was his velocity. His fastball was clocked in the range of 91-97 MPH, staying consistently in the 94 MPH range.

Assuming that his shoulder responds well to the start, he could be back with the major league club, making his first start back at home during the series against the Milwaukee Brewers, who are in town Friday to Sunday.

Arizona could definitely use the help in the rotation, as outside of Wade Miley, the rotation has been woefully inconsistent and much less effective than had been hoped to start the season.

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Diamondbacks Offense Falters Again, Dodgers Dominate 6-1

Don't let the final score fool you. The Arizona Diamondbacks didn't lose this crucial home game against their division rival Los Angeles Dodgers because they couldn't pitch. They lost because they couldn't produce any kind of offensive pressure. Until Justin Upton starts playing like a star again, the rest of the order will continue to play below their potential.

The Diamondbacks got pummeled, 6-1, and with each loss seem to losing more and more of their fight.

The D-backs didn't get their first hit off Chris Capuano until the fourth inning when Willie Bloomquist led off with a triple and was driven home by a John McDonald base hit. Those two hits were one-third of the team's total (6) for the game.

That's not going to get it done.

The pitching staff did their part with young Patrick Corbin allowing just two runs and five hits in his 5.1 innings. Craig Breslow gave up a third run and then Bryan Shaw got tagged for three in the eighth by a confident Dodger team.

There was a time when confident Diamondbacks hitters would knock in runs off good relievers, but right now confidence is in short supply with the team's best player doing almost nothing on a nightly basis.

Making the team's problems even worse, catcher Miguel Montero was lifted in the sixth inning with what's been reported as a mild groin strain suffered trying to track down a foul ball behind the plate.

Next up will be Trevor Cahill (2-4, 4.01) against Aaron Harang (3-2, 3.83). Maybe the D-backs bats will have better luck, because at this point that seems to be what they are waiting for.

The D-backs are now 10 1/2 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West race.

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D-Backs Recall Josh Bell, Designate Cody Ransom For Assignment

Bell was playing at Triple-A Reno, hitting .381 (37-for-97) with 9 doubles, 1 triple, 4 home runs and 30 RBI in 26 games with the Aces. He was acquired from the Orioles on April 21 for a player to be named later (Mike Belfiore sent to Baltimore on May 12).

The 6-foot-3, 230-pound switch hitter has played in 79 Major League games with the Baltimore Orioles from 2010-11, going only 44-for-220 (.200) with 3 home runs with 18 RBI. Bell was originally selected by the Dodgers in the fourth round of the 2005 draft. The struggles of Ryan Roberts at the plate might have necessitated this move.

Bell will wear the jersey No. 15.

The 36 year old Ransom had played fairly well, hitting .269 (14-for-52) with 4 homers and 13 RBIs in 17 games with the D-backs this season. He began the season with Reno before his contract was selected on April 18. There are two more openings on the 40 man roster.

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Diamondbacks Vs. Dodgers, Series Preview: Arizona Tries To Stay On The Winning Path

What are the Arizona Diamondbacks capable of against the Los Angeles Dodgers?

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D-backs Return Home To Face Dodgers, Brewers At Chase Field

The Diamondbacks look to win another series this week against baseball's best team.

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