So just before game time this evening I posted a request – for the Arizona Diamondbacks to win a game by taking the early lead and keeping the lead from start to finish. It was like they saw what I wrote because tonight they went and did exactly that. Relying on 7 early runs off of Milwaukee Brewers starter Randy Wolf, the Dbacks made the 7 runs stand, defeating the Brewers 7-3 and temporarily moving to 1.5 games behind the San Francisco Giants.
Zach Duke, who has looked pretty miserable the past few times out, redeemed himself this evening, giving up 2 runs on 5 hits in 7 innings pitched. That is the the Zach Duke we need to come through if the Dbacks want to remain in contention for the NL West title. Now, we need to see that kind of pitching consistently.
Justin Upton showed Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder just exactly what he will be missing in the Home Run Derby next week in Phoenix, by launching a ball into the left field stands in the third inning. It was his 14th homer of the season.
The Dbacks finish the series off tomorrow morning at 11:10am before heading off to face the St. Louis Cardinals for a 4-game set before the All-Star break.