Twenty-four runs in the past two games?
What's gotten into the Arizona Diamondbacks hitters? Whatever it is, fans hope the barrage will continue after the team took two of three games, including a 12-5 win Thursday night, against the Kansas City Royals. Starting pitcher Dan Haren wasn't overpowering, but he was certainly good enough, giving up two runs on seven hits and striking out six batters in seven innings of work. With the D-Backs staking him to a five-run lead by the time he took the mound in the bottom of the fifth inning, Haren attacked the Royals hitters, working quickly and efficiently as he improved to 6-4 on the season.
It was an all-around stellar game for the D-Backs hitters. Every starter but Mark Reynolds got at least one hit, and some guys who have done very little with the bat over the first 10 weeks of the season came up really big. For starters, center fielder Young went 4-for-4 with two doubles, a triple, a run scored, a run batted in, and a stolen base. Young, who's been well below the proverbial Mendoza Line all season long, raised his average to .204 with the performance. Unfortunately, after his eighth-inning triple, Young pulled up lame, grabbing his groin. Even if it's not serious, Young will undoubtedly miss this weekend's series against the Mariners. It's too bad, because Young had been hitting well over the past week.
All games will be televised on Fox Sports Arizona and broadcast on KTAR-AM 620.
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