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Diamondbacks lose series finale with Cubs with bad defensive effort

The D-backs now have just one series left in 2012, which will begin Monday night with the Rockies.

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Justin Upton played 2012 season with thumb injury

The D'Backs outfielder spent most of the 2012 campaign at 80-percent as he battled a nagging thumb injury that he suffered in the third game of the season.


D-backs fall to Cubs on Sunday

The Arizona Diamondbacks committed three errors on Sunday afternoon against the Chicago Cubs as they went on to lose by a score of 7-2. The club now has just one series remaining this season, and it'll begin against the Colorado Rockies on Monday night at Chase Field.

Josh Collmenter tossed five strong innings on the mound, allowing just one run to score on six hits. He did not walk any batters and struck out two. Where the wheels fell off is once the bullpen took over the game, surrendering six runs (one earned) over the final four innings of play.

With the Diamondbacks trailing 1-0 in the first inning, Cody Ransom hit a two-run single to give Arizona the lead. That score held until the sixth inning when the Cubs scratched across four runs. Chicago then added on insurance runs in the seventh and ninth innings, all-but-ending the game for Arizona.

Wade Miley will look to improve his resumé for NL Rookie of the Year on Monday as he takes on Drew Pomeranz of the Rockies. First pitch is set for 6:40 p.m. PT.


D-backs eye series sweep on Sunday

Even though the Arizona Diamondbacks are no longer playing for a playoff berth, they can still end their season on a high note with a string of victories. A sweep over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday at Chase Field would certainly be a nice touch.

Arizona will send out Josh Collmenter (5-3, 3.80 ERA), who's been back-and-forth between the rotation and bullpen for most of the season. He was told on Monday night he would pitch Tuesday against the Giants in San Francisco, allowing just one run on two hits in five innings of work, leading to a 7-2 win. Collmenter has won each of his last four starts with a 3.52 ERA going back to July 6, though he had seven relief appearances over that span, as well.

Collmenter gave up one run and struck out six during Arizona's 6-1 win over the Cubs on June 22, his lone outing against Chicago in his career.

The Cubs will counter with youngster Chris Rusin (1-3, 7.30) who allowed six runs and seven hits in 3⅔ innings of work during Tuesday's 10-5 loss to Colorado. He hasn't lasted longer than five innings in six starts this year, giving up at least five runs in half of them. This is his first meeting with Arizona in his career.

The Diamondbacks have won the last six straight games against the Cubs at Chase Field.

First pitch is set for 1:10 p.m. PT with coverage on Fox Sports Arizona and KTAR 620 AM.


Adam Eaton breaks hand, will miss final four games

During the seventh inning of the Arizona Diamondbacks' 8-2 win over the Chicago Cubs Saturday night, they suffered an unfortunate injury. Rookie outfielder Adam Eaton, who has made a very big impact in his short time with the team, was hit by a pitch and, as announced by the team after the game, suffered a broken right hand as a result.

He will miss the final four games of the season.

Eaton was two for four on Saturday with two runs scored and reached base a third time with that pitch that hit him.

He played in 22 games for Arizona, collecting 22 hits, including three doubles, two triple and two homers, driving in five runs and stealing two bases. He also scored 19 runs, while hitting .259. More impressively, his on-base percentage was .382.

The expected recovery time for the injury is six to eight weeks. Aside from missing the last few games, the timing works out well because the offseason is just around the corner. Unless there are complications, there will be no problem with his being ready for the spring.


Cahill's gem leads D-backs past Cubs 8-2

After being eliminated from playoff contention on Saturday, the Arizona Diamondbacks did not hang their heads as they continue to play for pride and for the fans that still are showing up. Behind a three-run first inning and a strong final start by Cahill, Arizona defeated the Chicago Cubs 8-2 on Saturday night.

Arizona jumped on the Cubs and starter Justin Germano in the first inning. Centerfielder Adam Eaton led off with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Gerardo Parra. He was driven home on an Aaron Hill double. Justin Upton then singled Hill home and, with two outs, Mike Jacobs singled home Upton.

Arizona added a run in in the second when Adam Eaton scored a second time on another hit by Aaron Hill.

Justin Upton hit a mammoth shot to left for his 17th home run of the season, a two-run shot in the fifth inning to make it 6-0. Cahill drove in the final two runs with a bases-loaded walk in the fifth and a single to drive home Mike Jacobs in the bottom of the seventh.

Cahill, in the meantime, was dealing. Through eight innings, he did not allow a run and only three hits. He did allow a two-run Alfonso Soriano homer in the ninth, but that was it. His complete game gave him 200 innings pitched and 13 wins.

For Chicago, the losing pitcher was starter Germano, who allowed seven runs in four innings and a third. He fell to 2-10 on the season.

The D-backs will try for the sweep on Sunday afternoon.


D-backs vs. Cubs lineups for Saturday

The Arizona Diamondbacks continue a three-game set with the Chicago Cubs at Chase Field on Friday night. The D-backs will be looking to take the series after they beat the Cubs on Friday, 8-3.

Trevor Cahill takes the mound for Arizona with a 12-12 record and an ERA of 3.86. Cahill has pitched well down the stretch, going 3-1 with a 2.84 ERA in September. The righty lost to the Cubs back on July 15, allowing three runs in 5.1 innings pitched. With a win, Cahill can best his total from 2011.

The Cubs send Justin Germano to the hill. He has struggled this season, posting a 2-9 record with a 6.18 ERA. Germano has been especially bad in September, losing all five of his starts with a 6.57 ERA. He has now lost seven consecutive decisions overall.

First pitch is scheduled for 5:10 p.m. MT.

Complete lineups for both teams, via baseballpress.com:


1. Adam Eaton (L) CF

2. Gerardo Parra (L) LF

3. Aaron Hill (R) 2B

4. Justin Upton (R) RF

5. Miguel Montero (L) C

6. Ryan Wheeler (L) 3B

7. Mike Jacobs (L) 1B

8. John McDonald (R) SS

9. Trevor Cahill (R) P


1. David DeJesus (L) RF

2. Luis Valbuena (L) 2B

3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B

4. Alfonso Soriano (R) LF

5. Starlin Castro (R) SS

6. Welington Castillo (R) C

7. Brett Jackson (L) CF

8. Josh Vitters (R) 3B

9. Justin Germano (R) P


The Diamondbacks fail to meet expectations

After making the postseason last year and almost pushing past the Milwaukee Brewers in the Wild Card round, many expectations were placed on the Diamondbacks' shoulders heading into 2012. Call it a burden or call it reasonable, many thought this team would thrive with a young pitching rotation, solid hitting and a manager that refuses to lose. In fact, there were even some baseball analysts that claimed the Diamondbacks would make it to the World Series with all the talent they have.

So much for that.

The Diamondbacks' bid at making the postseason for the second consecutive time came to an end on Friday night as the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Washington Nationals, 12-2. The players were disappointed after the game, as was their manager, Kirk Gibson. Star outfielder Justin Upton noted that the team just couldn't put the pieces together to ever make a substantial run. And it's somewhat curious as to why they couldn't.

Signing Jason Kubel in the offseason was a huge move for Arizona. He led the club in home runs and RBI's this season, proving to be the extra piece that the team needed. Adding Trevor Cahill didn't hurt either (although, you could argue that holding on to Jarrod Parker would have been wiser). He was a consistent pitcher that gave the Diamondbacks almost 200 innings in 2012.

Then you have the young talent that the team called up throughout the year. Wade Miley, Patrick Corbin, Tyler Skaggs; all pitchers that had a youthful impact with the team. Miley was the team's best pitcher this season and could end up winning himself an NL Rookie of the Year award.

So, what happened? Last time this season, Diamondbacks fans were wondering if Ian Kennedy would win the Cy Young. They were wondering if Justin Upton had a shot at actually claiming an MVP award. Wondering if the Diamondbacks had a magical run in them, one that could push them to their second World Series victory in franchise history.

Now, fans are wondering what in the world happened. The team imploded in front of their eyes. The pitching was there, the hitting, although streaky, could still put up big numbers with power. So, really, what happened?

Honestly, I don't think that is a question we can really answer. To me, it really comes down to what Justin Upton said. The team just couldn't manage to put it all together.

And when you fail to piece the puzzle together, expectations cannot be met.

For more on the Arizona Diamondbacks, head over to AZ Snake Pit.


Diamondbacks face Cubs with little at stake

The Arizona Diamondbacks play the Chicago Cubs on Saturday with little on the line but their pride. The D-Backs were eliminated from playoff contention on Friday despite winning, 8-3. The St. Louis Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals, shutting Arizona out of the postseason.

Trevor Cahill (12-12, 3.86 ERA) will be on the mound for Arizona, and Chicago will counter with Justin Germano (2-9, 5.65 ERA). Cahill has won three of his last four but posted a loss in his only outing against the Cubs this season. He gave up three runs on four hits over 5⅓ innings in a 3-1 Arizona loss in July.

Arizona is 4-3 against Chicago in the 2012 season, but has posted four straight wins at home. They went 0-3 in a series at Wrigley Field to open the second half of the year. Justin Upton and Cody Ransom both had a home run in Friday night's win; they'll look for more of the same against Germano.

First pitch is scheduled for 5:10 p.m. MST.

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Diamondbacks win game, but lose race to playoffs

The Arizona Diamondbacks were looking to keep their hopes alive of making the postseason by defeating the Chicago Cubs on Friday night, but to no avail. The St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Washington Nationals, mathematically eliminating the D-Backs from playoff contention.

Still, Arizona planned and continues to plan on playing out the season with full effort, according to manager Kirk Gibson. Tonight's game was no exception.

Things started off shaky for Arizona as Ian Kennedy walked two batters and loaded the bases after Starlin Castro hit an infield single. Luckily, the Diamondbacks had already recorded two outs and a strikeout of Luis Valbuena ended the inning with no damage done.

A double by Adam Eaton to lead off the bottom of the first got things started for the Diamondbacks. That big hit was followed up by his fellow 2012 AAA callup, A.J. Pollock, who hit a double of his own, scoring Eaton. Flyouts from Aaron Hill, Justin Upton and Cody Ransom ended the inning with the score standing at 1-0.

A dry spell occurred for the next three innings, with no team recording a hit. Ian Kennedy was up to four strikeouts on the evening when he gave up a two out double to Valbuena in the top of the fourth. Once again, the Cubs left a man on base, their fourth of the night at the time, when Welington Castillo grounded out to short.

Cody Ransom's home run in the fourth inning gave the Diamondbacks some insurance, putting them up 2-0. It was his eleventh of the season and the Diamondbacks' 156th on the year. But that lead was surrendered when Dave Sappelt hit his second homer of the year, tying the game at two. That marked the 28th home run Kennedy has given up this season.

Aaron Hill broke the tie once again in the bottom of the fifth when he hit a gapper to center field, scoring Kennedy from second base. Hill was then able to find his way back to the dugout after Upton hit his 16th bomb of the year to left field. Hill's double gave him his 79th RBI of the season, the second most of any second baseman to ever play for the Diamondbacks.

Sadly, as the Diamondbacks went on this scoring tear, the NL scoreboards in the outfield displayed a final of the St. Louis Cardinals winning 12-2 over the Nationals, mathematically ending Arizona's chances of reaching the playoffs.

A double from Starlin Castro, who had an impressive night from the batter's box, made the score 5-3 in the sixth. Kennedy was unable to make it through the inning after throwing his sixth walk of the game, putting a man on first and third with two outs. Matt Albers came on in relief and was able to get a groundout to end the inning. Then when Albers got into trouble in the seventh, Matt Lindstrom came on to clean up his bases loaded mess.

An error in the bottom of the eighth after a Justin Upton infield single sealed the deal for the Cubs, plating Aaron Hill from second base. John McDonald followed that up with an RBI single to score Upton and made the score 7-3.

Adam Eaton kept the ball rolling with a base hit up the middle with the bases loaded, giving Arizona an 8-3 advantage.

Kennedy went 5.2 innings in the game and gave up 4 hits, 3 earned runs, 6 walks while throwing 104 pitches and earning 5 strikeouts. His opponent, Travis Wood went 5 innings, giving up 5 earned runs, 2 homers and 3 walks. Kennedy's ERA on the season is now at 4.16 and could remain there with the possibility of this being his final start of the season.

With tonight's victory, Kennedy reached his 15th win of the season, the second consecutive time he has done so. He joins Brandon Webb, Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling to record at least two consecutive seasons with at least 15 wins, according to Arizona Sports.

For more on the Arizona Diamondbacks, head over to AZ Snake Pit.

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