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Inside the Box: Saunders rains on Cardinals’ parade

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 July 7, 2011: Diamondbacks 4, Cardinals 1

The Good:

Joe Saunders is proving why he is a starter. He locked up his sixth win of the season Thursday by throwing five innings and only allowing one hit and no runs. While he looked to be in a spot of trouble in the first, he quickly composed himself and frustrated the Cardinals in St. Louis. He was likely pulled after the fifth inning due to a rain delay that caused his arm to go cold.

Saunders also got help from his defense, who turned two double plays.

The Bad:

The D-backs may have overdone it with the bullpen. The Cardinals only used two pitchers, but the D-backs used five. While the D-backs won, the bullpen could be tired after being on a road trip and used so much tonight. With three games left in the series with the Cardinals before the All-Star break, manager Kirk Gibson should use more caution with his bullpen – especially with the return of Albert Pujols to the Cardinals line-up.

The Funky:

Thursday’s game saw two rain delays: one prior to the game and one during the top of the sixth inning.