It was not an astounding week for the Arizona Diamondbacks, as they suffered from inconsistent pitching and inconsistent hitting and went 2-4. There were some interesting ups and downs: the team saw the unspectacular major league debut of phenom Trevor Bauer, the devastating injury to Daniel Hudson (now headed for Tommy John surgery), Aaron Hill hitting for the cycle for the second time in two weeks, an unexpected All-Star berth for rookie Wade Miley, and a close game lost by some ridiculous ninth inning errors.
But despite the bad week, there has to be a Player and Pitcher of the Week. Aaron Hill snags the Player of the Week award again, and Josh Collmenter is the Pitcher of the Week.
As previously mentioned, Aaron Hill hit for the cycle, again. It was the second time in as many weeks. It was the first time any player had hit for the cycle twice in a season since 1931, and Hill raised his batting average to .300 for the season. He hit 10-for-25 over the week, with one homer. In addition to the whole cycle milestone, Hill reached 1,000 career hits in the same game against the Milwaukee Brewers. Inexplicably, Hill was snubbed from representing the D-backs at the All-Star Game, but the fans will have an opportunity to vote him, albeit it against stiff National League competition.
Josh Collmenter returned to the starting rotation from a strong long-reliever stint and did fine his first game back. He went six innings allowing only one run against the Brewers, who seem to make him look good every time they meet. The Snakes didn't win the game, but Josh did what he could to give the team a chance, including striking out five batters and avoiding any walks. Collmenter was back to starting to replace the injured Daniel Hudson. How long Collmenter stays a starter is unknown for the moment, but he likely earned his next start.
The stats for those at home:
Player of the Week awards:
Parra (1), Kubel (1), Roberts (1), Goldschmidt (3), Bloomquist (1), Montero (1), Hill (3)
Pitcher of the Week awards:
Saunders (1), Cahill (3), Corbin (1), Miley (5), Collmenter (1)
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