D-backs Continue Offensive Surge, Win 5-0

By Nicholas Valenzuela

The Arizona Diamondbacks (32-32) carried their offensive hot streak over from yesterday, pounding the Los Angeles Angels (34-31) for 12 hits and five runs, and winning the first game of a three-game series in Aneheim on Friday night.

Trevor Cahill set the tempo for the club, providing his third consecutive quality start, throwing seven shut out innings while only allowing three hits. He had excellent command of his pitches all night, keeping the powerful Angels offense off balance.

The snakes got off to a quick start when Jason Kubel was able to drive in Chris Young on an RBI single in the top of the first inning.

Former Arizona diamondback Dan Haren was able to keep the boys in check until the top of the sixth inning when Aaron Hill hit a three-run home run to left field, plating Kubel and Miguel Montero. Lyle Overbay would follow with a bases empty double, and would score in the next at bat when Ryan Roberts doubled to right field.

That would be plenty of offense for the Arizona starter, who has pitched his third consecutive dominant performance. In his past three starts, he has combined to allow only two runs in 23.1 innings pitched. He has clearly found his rhythm coming into the third week of the month.

With the win, the club moved back to the .500 mark (32-32), and are 2-2 on the current road trip with two more games to play. Joe Saunders will take the hill tomorrow and attempt to give the d-backs a fourth consecutive quality start.

On a side note, Lyle Overbay was lifted in the eighth inning for Paul Goldschmidt for an undisclosed injury. It didn’t appear that he was showing any sign of discomfort, but was not visible in the dugout after he was pulled from the game, indicating he was taken to the training room for examination.