Phoenix New Times

Petit Gem, Roberts Slugging, Send Diamondbacks to 4th Win in 5 Games

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.

Scott Allen


Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks Mark Reynolds New York Yankees Pittsburgh Pirates Ronny Cedeno Ryan Roberts Washington Nationals Yusmeiro Petit

  • smitty

    Petit looked all world tonight, what a great game by the DBacks. Petit would have been the first pitcher since Bob Gibson to no-hit the Pirates. All of us Pirate fans were impressed with the number of Snake fans at PNC Park as well. Road Warriors!

  • Scott Allen

    It still amazes me how the Dbacks have fans all over the place. They can’t even fill their own park. It is usually in the 30-40% capacity range during the week and about 60-70% on the weekends. Petit was great – about time he showed his stuff. I thank all the Pirate fans who stood and cheered for him when he gave up the hit. Very classy. Hopefully the front office gets classy too. I feel bad for fans that have to go through Fire sales.