Arizona Diamondbacks Sink Pittsburgh Pirates Thanks to Jason Kubel's Multiple Homers
Jason Kubel walloped a pair of homers on Thursday night to help the Arizona Diamondbacks trounce the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-3 at PNC Park.
The win allowed the Snakes to split their four-game series with the Bucs and keep in the hunt for the postseason.
Kubel notched his 24th moonshot of the season during the first inning when he whacked a 90-m.p.h. fastball from southpaw Wandy Rodriguez more than 350 feet into the right field seats to produce a two-run homer.
He then repeated his feat, albeit against reliever Jared Hughes, in the seventh inning, which became home run number 25.
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The Pirates, who are currently ranked second in the National League Central, didn't go down without a fight last night as they roughed up Arizona's Joe Saunders (6-8, 3.52 ERA) for three runs off two RBIs and a sacrifice fly in the second inning.
Saunders wound up getting the win thanks to Kubel's hot bat, as well as a two-run homer provided by Wil Nieves, the newest addition to the Diamonbacks roster. The 34-year-old Puerto Rican-born catcher, who was scooped up by Arizona from free agency earlier this week, made a memorable debut with his 386-foot dinger in the sixth inning.
The Diamondbacks (57-55) will come home to Chase Field to kick off a three-game weekend series with the red-hot Washington Nationals (69-43) tonight. Arizona will most definitely have their work cut out for them as the battle the best team in baseball.
The probable pitching match-ups for the D-Backs include Trevor Cahill (9-9, 3.76) getting the ball tonight and facing off against ace Stephen Strasburg (12-5, 2.97), followed by Wade Miley (12-7, 2.85) heading to the hill versus Edwin Jackson (6-7, 3.56) tomorrow. And Sunday afternoon's finale will feature Patrick Corbin (3-4, 3.53) going against lefty Ross Detwiler (6-4, 2.99)
First pitch tonight is at 6:40 p.m. TV: Fox Sports Arizona. Radio: KTAR 620-AM. More info: www.dbacks.com.
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