Maybe the Arizona Diamondbacks should play all 162 games on the road. They seem to be more comfortable roaming the country. Maybe it’s the hotels? Who knows?
Yusmeiro Petit, pitching for his major-league life after being pounded around the ballpark all season up until his last start, pitched a no-hitter through seven innings, taking it into the eighth before it was broken up by Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Ronny Cedeno. He ended up pitching a career-high eight innings and threw 107 pitches, 15 more than his previous high of 92.
Petit wasn’t the only star though. Ryan Roberts belted two homers, matching Mark Reynolds from the night before in New York, giving him four on the season. Speaking of Reynolds, he continued to hit around the ballpark with three more hits tonight. He didn’t hit a home run after homering in six of seven, however he hit some tape measure shots foul and provided his 74th RBI of the season.
You realize the Diamondbacks are playing a Pittsburgh Pirates team that doesn’t even come close to resembling the team from 2008 or even the first half of this season for that matter given their recent fire sale. However, they are drawing major league paychecks and wear a major league uniform, so it’s all the same to me. Ok, so they aren’t the New York Yankees. They still better the Washington Nationals though.
The Diamondbacks have now won four of five to start this trip.