A closer look: D-backs pitching doesn't match offense in loss to Mariners
Sure, you could read the box score and know who won, but we all know that won't tell you everything that happened in a baseball game. So, we will give you a closer look, providing you with the analysis, quotes and notes from the D-backs' June 19 loss to the Mariners. Final score: Mariners 12, Diamondbacks 9.
The D-backs pound out 14 hits, including three home runs, which tied a season-high. Aaron Hill continues to swing the bat well with two more hits, one being his ninth home run of the year. The second baseman is hitting .415 (22-for-53) with six doubles, four home runs and 12 RBI in his last 14 games. In addition, he has hit safely in 12 straight home games.
Daniel Hudson allowed a season-high seven runs in only four innings of work. The bullpen, which hadn't allowed a run in its last five games, allowed four. David Hernandez gave up the tying run in the 8th while JJ Putz and Brad Ziegler combined to surrender three runs in the 10th.
Meanwhile, Justin Upton went 0-for-5 striking out in his last three at-bats, including the 5th inning when---after an intentional walk to Hill, he left the bases loaded of what was then a tie game, 8-8. Upton was the only starter (sans the pitcher) to not get a hit.
Time of game: 3 hours, 59 minutes.
He Said it
"I can't man," Hudson said when asked if he could explain the inconsistency of his recent starts. "I wish I could. If I could put a finger on it, I'd try to fix it, you know? I'm just in a stretch right now where I'm making good pitches, balls are finding holes and then I just can't make a pitch to get out of an inning. It's just one of those things I'm going through right now. I've got to dig deep and try to get out of it. I don't know what's going on right now. I've got to try to figure something out."
• The D-backs are now 1-1 in extra inning games.
• The D-backs six-game home winning streak was snapped.
• Mariners pitchers retired the final 14 batters faced, seven by strikeout.
• Ichiro Suzuki collected his 2,500th hit (a single to center to lead off the game) in his 1,817th career game, the fourth-fastest player in MLB history to accomplish the feat.
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The D-backs end their series with Seattle Wednesday afternoon, with Trevor Cahill (5-5, 3.08) taking the mound against Jason Vargas (7- 6, 3.95). Cahill is 3-0 with a 0.77 ERA ( 2 ER in 23.1 IP) in his last three starts.
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