Hill Hits for Second Cycle, D-backs Win 9-3
The Arizona Diamondbacks’ (39-37) offense broke out in a big way in game one of a three game series against the Milwaukee Brewers (34-42), wining 9-3.
Milwaukee was able to strike first against Arizona ace Ian Kennedy, when Aramis Ramirez grounded out to third base, scoring Norichika Aoki from third, and putting the Brewers up 1-0.
Arizona responded in the top of the second inning when Henry Blanco hit a ground rule double to right field, plating Paul Goldschmidt and tying the game up at 1-1.
They would add to their lead in the top of the next inning when Willie Bloomquist would score on an infield single by Justin Upton. In the very next at bat, Jason Kubel would single to right field to score Aaron Hill and put the D-backs up 3-1. Goldschmidt would follow with a three-run home run to right center field, and put the snakes up by the score of 6-1.
Arizona would tack on two runs in the top of the fourth inning off of a two run home run by Hill, scoring Bloomquist, and putting the team up 8-1. Hill would also triple in the top of the sixth inning to add another run to their lead. With the triple in the top of the sixth, Hill was able to complete his second cycle of the season.
Ian Kennedy bounced back from a rough outing against the Chicago Cubs to pitch seven strong innings, giving up six hits and only one earned run.
The offensive outburst was a welcomed surprise as the snakes were not able to put up any offense against the Atlanta Braves in their previous series.
Arizona will send their most consistent starter (to this point of the season) to the mound tomorrow when Wade Miley starts in the second game of the three game series.