The Arizona Diamondbacks' three-game series with the Los Angeles Angels this past week ran the emotional gamut, including both the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.
The D-Back got to partake in the triumph of Trevor Cahill's awesome pitching performance on Friday, the frustration of getting shutdown by the Angels on Saturday, and the utter depression of losing the series during the decisive rubber match on Sunday.
As a result of dropping two of three games to the Angels, Arizona went 2-4 on their recent six-game roadtrip and have fallen to 32-34 overall.
The weekend started out with plenty of promise after Cahill's performance on Friday helped fuel a 5-0 victory over the Angels. The starting pitcher struck out eight while scattering three hits across his seven innings of work.
He fared far better than his opponent, which happened to be onetime Arizona hurler Dan Haren. The former D-Backs pitcher got roughed up by his former team when Aaron Hill hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning. Meanwhile, Jason Kubel had three hits and drove in an early run in the third inning. Arizona wound up with 12 hits overall during the game.
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Man, they shoulda saved up some juice for the rest of the weekend. It would've come in handy on Saturday night when Angels ace Ervin Santana shut down the entire Snakes roster and put on a stellar one-hitter and ultimately wound up blanking the D-Backs 2-0. El Lay's Mark Trumbo smacked hit a two-run homer off of Joe Saunders in the first inning.
It was almost as frustrating as Arizona's scoring drought during yesterday's rubber match. Ian Kennedy attempted to rebound from his recent pitching woes with a strong performance on Sunday, fanning six and earning six hits. Albert Pujols had his number, however, homering in the seventh innings and giving the Angels a 2-0 lead.
It probably would've helped if Kennedy's teammates had provided some run support, but they were too busy getting blanked by Garrett Richards, pitched four-hit ball into the ninth inning and kept Arizona scoreless.
The Diamondbacks return hope to wrap up interleague play with the AL West this when the Seattle Mariners (29-39) visit Chase Field for a three-game series starting tonight. The amazing Wade Miley (7-3, 2.39 ERA) goes against Hector Noesi (2-7, 5.54). First pitch is at 6:40 p.m. TV: Fox Sports Arizona. Radio: KTAR 620-AM. More info: www.dbacks.com.