When a pitcher goes 4.2 innings, gives up 13 hits, and allows seven earned runs, it's tough to find a silver lining in their performance.
Despite being abominable on the mound during yesterday's game against the Florida Marlins, Zach Duke did manage to hit a two-run blast off Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco and contribute something to his team.
Fortunately for the Arizona Diamondbacks, the rest of the offense was there to pick up the slack and Nolasco decided not to show up for the Fish, either.
Oddly enough, the Diamondbacks managed to score 12 runs on only one homer -- the aforementioned Duke shot. But the Marlins tallied nine without any homers at all.
Ryan Roberts scored in the first inning on a Justin Upton single. Then Miguel Montero hit a bases-loaded double with Kelly Johnson, Upton, and Stephen Drew on base.
Montero added another RBI in the third on a double scoring Drew.
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The other runs scored on a Juan Miranda groundout and a single, a Justin Upton single, and a Roberts single.
Of course, the Florida Marlins scored all their runs without homers.
Burke Badenhop, Emilio Bonifacio, Omar Infante, Mike Stanton, and even Ricky Nolasco all hit doubles. Bonifacio, Wes Helms and Ozzie Martinez all drove in a run, while Infante, Stanton, and John Buck each drove in two. It was simply one of those games where everything was going to fall for a base hit.
The San Francisco Giants are coming to town for a series tonight that will determine who enters the weekend in first place. Arizona is currently a half game behind the defending World Series champions.