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Inside the Box: Hudson channels his inner Schilling

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
September 9, 2011: Diamondbacks 3, Padres
2

The Good:

Manager Kirk Gibson picked a good night to start Lyle
Overbay at first base. Overbay drove in the go-ahead run
in the 8th inning with an RBI single. Overbay’s last hit
came on August 24th at Washington.

Also good for the D-backs offense…Justin Upton reached the
30 home run mark for the first time in his career. The
solo shot in the 6th inning gave Upton a home run in each
of his last three games. Upton’s home run also made him
just the third player in the Major Leagues this season to
reach 30 homers with at least 20 steals.

As for the pitching…starter Daniel Hudson threw his third
complete game of the season and allowed just 2 runs on 5
hits with 7 strikeouts.

The D-backs are now winners of 15 of 17 overall and
matched Cleveland for the longest home winning streak this
season with 14.

More Good:

The Giants and the Brewers both lost tonight. That’s good
news for the Diamondbacks. They increase their lead over
San Francisco in the NL West and they continue to gain on
Milwaukee for home field advantage in the post-season.

The Funky:

Diamondbacks wearing their purple throw-back uniforms at
Chase Field. It was a blast from the past to see the old
colors and style.