Nothing Like Home Cooking

By Nicholas Valenzuela

The Arizona Diamondbacks (33-34) opened a three game series Monday night against the Seattle Mariners (29-40) by pounding 11 hits for seven runs in a 7-1 victory.

The team was happy to be home after a six game road trip which was not so nice to the team’s offense, and finished with a 21 inning scoring drout for the snakes.

The offensive outburst started in the first when Justin Upton singled to left field, scoring Willie Bloomquist. Jason Kubel would follow by hitting a sacrifice fly to plate Aaron Hill, and Upton would score off of a sacrifice fly by Paul Goldschmidt to cap off a three run first inning.

Upton would add an RBI in the bottom of the third with a sacrifice fly to score Aaron Hill. The team would add a couple of runs in the sixth inning when Miguel Montero scored Kubel on a sacrifice fly, and an RBI single by Josh Bell.

Aaron Hill would complete the offensive explosion in the seventh inning when he hit a solo home run to left center field, putting the team up 7-1. The home run would complete an impressive evening for Hill who hit for the cycle, clubbing a single in the first, a triple in the third, a double in the fifth, and finishing off with the homer in the seventh. With his performance, Hill was able to raise his season average 12 points from .272 to .284.

Not to be overlooked was Arizona rookie Wade Miley who pitched yet another quality start. The rookie pitched to contact, allowing nine hits, but only giving up one run through seven innings. It was his third straight game of 7+ innings pitched and only allowing one run per start.

However the night still belonged to Hill, who completed only the fifth cycle in Arizona Diamondbacks history.

The team hopes to continue their hot streak at the plate tomorrow night in game two of the series. Daniel Hudson will take the mound tomorrow night against Erasmo Ramirez for the Mariners, with a 6:40 PM start time.