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The Arizona Diamondbacks received a big boost on Sunday afternoon as Daniel Hudson was activated from the disabled list. While he struggled a bit against the Brewers in his first start in nearly a month, Hudson has the ability to be a difference maker in the rotation. It is now just a matter of getting his strength and stamina back to the levels they were at before the shoulder injury.
Konrad Schmidt was sent down to Triple-A to open up a spot on the 25-man roster.
Here is the official release from the club.
"PHOENIX - The Arizona Diamondbacks announced today they have reinstated right-handed pitcher Daniel Hudson from the 15-day disabled list and optioned catcher Konrad Schmidt to Triple-A Reno, according to D-backs' Executive Vice President & General Manager Kevin Towers.
Hudson, 25, was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder impingement on April 21 (retro to April 19). He made 1 rehab start for the Aces on May 21 vs. New Orleans, allowing 2 earned runs in 5.0 innings.
The 6-foot-3, 225-pounder is 1-1 with a 6.00 ERA (12 ER in 18.0 IP) in 3 starts with the D-backs this season.
Schmidt, 27, went 0-for-4 with his first career RBI last night vs. Brewers. He was hitting .274 (32-for-117) with 8 doubles, 3 homers and 14 RBI in 31 games for the Aces in 2012 before his recall on May 22."
The D-backs sit at 22-26 now on the season, but this is a team capable of really turning their season around now that they're getting healthy. The NL West is among the worst divisions in baseball and there will be plenty of opportunities to move up in the standings. This was a team that really made their move in July and August of 2011; we're not even to June yet.
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The Arizona Diamondbacks finally won a series at home, the first since opening weekend against the Giants. It's too soon to say if they've actually turned things around for the season but they certainly have picked up the level of play in the last week or so. It may be too late to catch the Dodgers unless they go in the tank, but all you can do is play well and take care of your business which is something we've not seen consistently in quite some time.
Sunday's win featured the return of Daniel Hudson to the mound after about a month on the disabled list with "shoulder impingement". Huddy did well, giving up just two runs and scattering six hits in five innings. He was limited to just 83 pitches in his return and certainly looked sharp.
The offense didn't give much support to their starter, however, and found themselves down 3-1 in the bottom of the sixth.
But after Brewers enigmatic outfielder Nyjer "T Plush" Morgan ended a rally with a double play ball helped by his failure to run hard to first, the momentum went back to the Arizona side.
In the bottom of the inning, Aaron Hill just missed a home run by a few feet and ended up with a lead-off double. Justin Upton and Chris Young had non-productive outs ahead of the team's most consistent hitter, Jason Kubel. The steady left fielder drove in Hill with a great at-bat.
The two-out rally continued with Goldschmidt reaching on an infield hit and then Ryan Roberts and Henry Blanco each had an RBI single to complete the three-run inning that put the Snakes ahead for good.
Of note, Goldschmidt's 471-feet solo home run in the fourth inning to dead center field was the longest ball hit in Chase this season.
The D-backs will now travel to San Francisco for a three-game set with the Giants before moving on to San Diego to face the Padres before returning home on June 4th to host the Rockies and Oakland A's.
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Coming into Saturday night's game, based on the pitching matchup, it should have been a battle of pitching wits. Both Zack Greinke and Wade Miley had five wins each and an ERA around 2.00, so most would have expected a low-scoring affair. Instead, 12 runs were scored in the first three innings and Greinke lasted only two and one-third innings, and the Arizona Diamondbacks evened the series with an 8-5 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.
However, Arizona responded with two runs of its own in the bottom of the inning. Gerardo Parra got the first of four hits of the night and was the first of four straight singles. Aaron Hill was next to get aboard, then both Justin Upton and Jason Kubel singled with runners in scoring position. The significance of that was that neither has been very effective in that situation in 2012, although Upton has been much much more opportunistic as of late.
Milwaukee jumped back on top with four runs in the third inning, only one of which was earned, against Miley. Norichika Aochi tripled and then scored on an RBI groundout by Ryan Braun. Lucroy doubled and Rickie Weeks walked, both advancing on a passed ball by Konrad Schmidt. Former D-back Cody Ransom then doubled in both runs. Ransom then came in to score on a throwing error by Ryan Roberts.
Arizona then responded by chasing Greinke in the bottom of the inning scoring five runs. After hits by Upton and Kubel and a walk to Paul Goldschmidt, Ryan Roberts walked with the bases loaded to drive in a run. Konrad Schmidt drove in a run with a ground ball force play, but then John McDonald had the crushing blow. He homered for the second time this season to clear the bases. Two batters later, after Wade Miley got a hit (to extend his hitting streak to seven games) and Gerardo Parra walked, Greinke was pulled. Arizona woudl not score again that inning.
Miley then calmed down and pitched through the sixth inning without allowing another run.
Arizona added a run on a double by Parra and a bloop single by Aaron Hill in the seventh inning, and Brad Ziegler, David Hernandez and J.J. Putz pitched the final three frames without giving up a run.
Putz picked up his 10th save of the season in 13 tries, giving Miley his sixth win of the year. He is 6-1 on the year and continues his surprising (and very necessary) season for the D-backs.
Greinke, who allowed seven runs on 10 hits in two innings and a third, fell to 5-2 on the year.
The rubber game of the series is Sunday afternoon at 1:10 PM Arizona time and Daniel Hudson should make his return for the Diamondbacks.
Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo has had a disappointing season this far, having lost four games already. However, he entered Friday night's contest against the Arizona Diamondbacks having had loads of success against them. Before Friday, he was 3-0 with an ERA of around 1.50 at Chase Field.
That dominance continued as he pitched seven and one/third innings, allowing only a solo home run to Jason Kubel.
Ian Kennedy, who started for the D-backs, gave up four runs and could not get through the sixth inning. In the end, Milwaukee came away with a 7-1 win.
Rickie Weeks started the scoring for the Brewers, hitting his fifth homer of the year with two outs in the second inning. They added three more runs in the fourth when Ryan Braun homered to drive in two and Cesar Izturis singled to drive in Aramis Ramirez.
Kubel's homer in the bottom of the inning pulled the D-backs to within three runs, but that was it.
Arizona threatened in the eighth inning, loading the bases with one out, but the inning was ended when Ryan Roberts grounded into a double play to end the inning.
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The D-backs hope to take advantage of the Brewers' road woes in a three-game weekend series.