A nice pitchers dual at Chase Field tonight. The Arizona Diamondbacks Joe Saunders won the battle over the Washington Nationals Livan Hernandez 2-0 in what was the second consecutive shutout for the Dbacks. When the offense lacks, the pitching picks up. That's what winning teams do. A couple of weeks ago early in this string of wins, it was the other way around.
In what was probably the best game of Saunders short Dbacks career, he went 7 innings, only giving up 2 hits. The past 5 or 6 starts, Saunders has been just good enough. He was really good tonight. On the other side Hernandez was good too, but a couple of mistakes did him in.
The bullpen came in and shut it down again. David Hernandez and J.J. Putz finished off what Saunders started. Overall only 4 hits for both teams on Saturday night. Definitely there has been much better pitching than I expected from both teams in this series. It is a rare event to see the Dbacks with consecutive shutouts. Can they make it three in a row? Another tough match up tomorrow. The Dbacks send Ian Kennedy to the mound against the Nats Jason Marquis. Both pitchers have 6 wins, so it should be a good one at 1:10.