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Inside the Box: Vasquez blows game in the eighth

After every Arizona Diamondbacks game we’ll examine the
box score and provide you with instant analysis. So it’s
time to go Inside the Box for June 18, 2011: White Sox 8, Diamondbacks 2

The Good:

An eighth inning rally showed the White Sox what the D-backs could do, thought it ended up falling far short of what they needed. Trailing 8-0, the D-backs managed to load the bases and shake up the White Sox bullpen. The D-backs led off with some solid hitting from Parra and Roberts.

Unfortunately, the D-backs could only muster two runs out of the inning, falling far short of the eight runs needed to tie the game.

The Bad:

Josh Collmenter certainly didn’t have his best outing, but reliever Esmerling Vasquez proved to be the unexpected blow-up in the D-backs line-up. In the top of the eighth, in just one-third of an inning, Vasquez gave up three hits and four earned runs (five total runs). The game was close and the D-backs had a shot until he walked out of the bullpen.

The Funky:

Justin Upton went three-for-four today and saw his average creep over .300. He has raised his batting average 60 points in his last 21 games.