This was a game on paper the Diamondbacks should have lost even before the first pitch. To rely on the bullpen for nine innings was already hard enough. The wind was also taken off the sails after former teammate Justin Upton stabbed them in the back for the second time this season.
Who would have thought this game turned into a pitchers duel.
Daniel Hudson got the nod and went three and a third, along with the rest of his bullpen to only allow one run on eight hits in a 2-1 victory and picking up the series split.
With Josh Collmenter the supposed starter, he would have only come on three days rest. Hudson had to come through, as did Oliver Perez and Evan Marshall, who had been shaken up in their last few outings off relief. Regardless, five of their bullpen pitchers came through.
It was nice to see a team effort today. The Diamondbacks have been on the wrong end of pitchers duels and when they score 3 runs or less, they have all turned to losses. Even with the offense quiet today, the Diamondbacks saw great pitching and gave them a bit of relief to think they can perform.
Andrew Cashner is not a good pitcher. Going seven innings and only earning four hits off him is a concern. The Diamondbacks offense has been sputtering and with not a whole lot going on from their dugout, things need to change as Washington comes to town starting Monday.
Arizona is back to their rotation as Collmenter (3-3, 3.40 ERA) faces off against Washington’s Max Scherzer (2-3, 2.11 ERA) to start a three game series.