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A closer look: D-backs complete 5-1 homestand with sweep of Cubs

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 24 win over Chicago. Final score: Diamondbacks 5, Cubs
1

The Good:

Wade Miley joined Randy Johnson as the only left-handers
in club history to
allow one run or less with at least seven innings pitched
in four straight
starts. Miley improved to 9-3 giving up one run on three
hits over eight
innings. He threw a career-high 116 pitches, retiring 20
of the first 21
batters he faced including 14 straight from the third
through the seventh
inning. Meanwhile, Jason Kubel hit his team-high tying
10th home run. It
was his 23rd RBI in June, matching his career monthly high
back in August
2010.

The Bad:

Justin Upton, while he’s raised his batting average 28
points to .271 and
driven in 13 runs since June 8, made another out on the
base path. He was
picked off, caught stealing by Matt Garza in the first.
It’s the sixth time this
season Upton has been caught trying to steal a base.

He said it:

“Miley went out and did what we needed,” said manager Kirk
Gibson. “We
had four guys that were down in the bullpen today. We
needed a
performance like that.”

Noted:

It was announced after the game reliever David Hernandez
had agreed to
terms on a two-year contract extension. Hernandez and the
D-backs’
bullpen pitched 10 2/3 scoreless innings during the three-
game sweep.
Trevor Bauer, the D-backs top pitching prospect, was
pulled from his start
Sunday in Triple-A after 2 2/3 innings pitched, leading to
speculation he
will make his Major League debut Thursday against the
Braves.

Coming up next:

The D-backs are off on Monday. The club begins a six-game
road trip
Tuesday in Atlanta with Daniel Hudson (3-1, 6.60) taking
the mound
against Tim Hudson (8-4, 3.54). Hudson is 2-0 with a 7.01
ERA (20 ER in
25 2/3 IP) in five starts since returning from the
disabled list.