Mar 15, 2012; Mesa, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Paul Goldschmidt (44) is congratulated by teammates after hitting a grand slam home run during the seventh inning against the Chicago Cubs at Hohokam Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE

Paul Goldschmidt and Ian Kennedy are Back! Duo Breaks Out in D-Backs Rout

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Now that’s more like it.

After struggling terribly to start the season, the D-Backs pounded the Chicago Cubs on Thursday 12-2.  For the first time this season, everything was the way it’s supposed to be for the defending NL West Champs.  The Diamondbacks 4th victory of the spring is only the second time that they’ve allowed 2 runs or less and the first time they’ve scored in double figures.

After a scoreless 1st inning, the Diamondbacks scored a run in 4 consecutive innings before blowing the game open with 7 runs in the 7th inning.  A great sign–the big blow was a grand slam off the bat of the struggling Paul Goldschmidt whom fans and the organization are counting on for huge things this season.  The 4 RBIs were Goldschmidt’s first runs driven in this season.  Starters Justin Upton and Aaron Hill each collected 2 hits and backup catcher Henry Blanco added a home run.  Minor league oufielder Alfredo Marte–suspending for PED usage just over a year ago–homered in his first at bat of the spring.  Overall the D-Backs collected 16 hits as a team, 6 for extra bases.

Things were just as good on the mound.  Ace Ian Kennedy scattered 5 hits over 4 innings and struck out 3 Cubs in a very workmanlike effort in which he induced 10 ground balls.  The bullpen was good enough to keep the Cubs from scoring until the route was on.  Barry Enright had a solid 3 inning effort, Joe Paterson allow only a solo home run and Bryan Shaw closed the game out with a scoreless ninth inning.

Overall, a very encouraging effort–especially the performances from the D-Backs big guns.

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