Snakes Stay Hot at the Plate, Beat A’s

By Nicholas Valenzuela

The Arizona Diamondbacks (29-30) continued their hot streak at the plate, pounding visiting Oakland Athletics (26-34) for 12 hits and eight runs.

The D-backs struck first with an RBI single by Jason Kubel in the bottom of the first inning. Oakland responded in the top half of the second when Kurt Suzuki doubled to deep right, plating Brandon Moss.

With one out in the fifth, Gerardo Parra led the offensive charge with a single to center. Parra would then move to third on a single to right field by Willie Bloomquist and was brought home on an RBI double by Justin Upton. Kubel would be intentionally walked to load the bases for Paul Goldschmidt.

With one out, the bases loaded, and the D-backs hottest hitter at the plate, it looked like it would be a big inning for the boys. However, Jarrod Parker buckled down and was able to get Goldschmidt to strike out swinging on a 97 MPH fastball. This would bring Miguel Montero to the plate. On a 1-1 count, Montero scalded a ball to deep right-center field, blowing the lead wide open to 6-1.

Each team would tack on two more runs; Arizona with two in the eighth, and Oakland adding one run in each of the eighth and ninth innings.

In an interesting pitching matchup, Trevor Cahill took the mound against the team that traded him over the offseason. To make things more interesting, his adversary just so happened to be the player he was traded for, in former D-back Jarrod Parker. Both pitchers showed good command of their pitches early, before things fell apart for Parker in the fifth. Cahill would win this battle, throwing 7.1 strong innings, allowing seven hits and only two runs.

With the win, the Diamondbacks have won their fourth straight game, their third straight series, and are one game away from the .500 mark. Goldschmidt was able to extend his hit streak to a season high 16 games, and Kubel was able to raise his average over .300. Arizona will send Joe Saunders to the mound tomorrow to go for the sweep.

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