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The Arizona Diamondbacks played their final road series of 2014 this past week in Minneapolis against the Twins. Five years ago there was no way that inter-league play would be played in the last week of the season. This is a different time and era. Ironically, the last road series of the year was also the Dbacks first ever trip to Target Field. Here is the recap of the second to last series of the season:
Game 1: Dbacks-6 Twins-2
Josh Collmenter made his case to stay in the starting rotation for 2015 tossing 6 and a third innings of one run ball as the Dbacks won 6-2. The win snapped a six game losing streak. The offense used a five run fifth to support the Tomahawk. It was capped off by a two run home run by Mark Trumbo. He seems to have found his power stroke. Collmenter’s curveball was nasty tonight and he was able to overcome some wildness. It was his team high 11th win.
Game 2: Dbacks-3 Twins-6
Rookie Andrew Chafin gave up five runs over 3 plus innings in his third career Major League start, and the Diamondbacks lost 6-3. Chafin was able to get out of a jam in the first, but the Twins took advantage in the second scoring three runs capped off by a Chris Parmelee two run single to give the Twins an early 3-0 lead. They would score in the fourth and fifth as well. Twins starter Kyle Gibson tossed his first quality start since August 13th throwing seven strong innings of one run ball.
Game 3: Dbacks-1 Twins-2
Vidal Nuno made history on Sunday and not in a good way as the Dbacks closed out their 2014 campaign with a 2-1 loss to the Twins. Nuno struggled in the first three innings with his command, and that ended up costing him. He will head into the offseason still in search of his first N.L. win. Nuno finished 0-7 with the Snakes despite pitching well in pretty much every start. Nuno became the first starter in National League to make more than 13 starts in a season without a win. Twins starter Phill Hughes pitched eight innings of one run ball. He has turned into an ace for Minnesota.