Atlanta Braves Show off their Pitching

The D-Backs ran into the three best Braves pitchers at exactly the worst time.

March 18, 2012; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel (46) against the Baltimore Orioles during a spring training game at Disney Wide World of Sports complex. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

In the midst of four game skid is undoubtedly a bad time to run into starter Tommy Hanson, set-up man Jonny Venters and closer Craig Kimbrel.  The trio held the D-Backs to 2 runs on 5 hits with 13 strikeouts, with Venters and Kimbrel striking out the last six D-Backs to end the game.  The return of Justin Upton to the lineup appeared to give the Diamondbacks an instant spark as he doubled in the top of the first.  Gerardo Parra moved to third and eventually scored on a groundout.  The D-Backs allowed a single run on Jason Kubel’s first home run of the season in the second inning, but that was it for their scoring as they lost the game 3-2.

Joe Saunders allowed a single run in each of the first three innings, but shut the Braves down the rest of the way.  It didn’t matter, however, as the offense was unable to get on track against three of the games best pitchers.  While the opposing pitchers had plenty to do with the loss, the D-Backs have to find anyway to get a win for the losing streak that currently stands at 5 games moving them 5 games behind division leading Los Angeles.  The matchup for today’s contest seems to favor Arizona as Ian Kennedy faces Braves’ starter Randall Delgado who posts a hefty 4.35 ERA and 1.65 WHIP.

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Topics: Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves, D-backs, Dbacks, Gerardo Parra, Ian Kennedy, Joe Saunders, Justin Upton

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