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Mike Bolsinger’s First Start for the Arizona Diamondbacks was Rough

April 20th, 2014 at 12:16 AM
By Earl Burnett

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The Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Mike Bolsinger got his first taste of the major leagues as a starting pitcher and it may have been to much for him, as he was rocked by the Dodgers in Los Angeles on Saturday night. Bolsinger gave up seven runs on seven hits and one walk and only striking out five during a four inning stint.

D-backs coming off an expressive win the night before so the pressure for Bolsinger to pick up where the team left off the previous night was to much for him to bare on his shoulders.

Bolsinger's numbers sense being brought up to the majors to replace a struggling Trevor Cahill have not been any better than Cahill, and in fact after his start on Saturday they may prove to be worse, as his current ERA is a whopping 10.29 and Cahill before his demotion was 7.90.

Before Bolsinger was brought up you can see why he was selected to give it a shot in the majors, his numbers down in triple A Reno were decent, this year he was 2-0 as a starter with an ERA of 1.42.

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Arizona Diamondbacks Fight Demons and Get the 4-2 Victory Over the Dodgers

April 19th, 2014 at 11:01 AM
By Earl Burnett

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The Arizona Diamondbacks showed some fight in Los Angeles on Friday night and also looked the part of a team that refused to lose to the same team six times in a row. The D-backs pull off an exciting 4-2 victory in extra innings and may have exercised a few demons in the process that will help them in the rest of this series.

Those demons were many when it came to the Dodgers, for one getting past Zack Greinke without giving up runs, next would be the holding down of Adrian Gonzales who was 1-4 on the night and didn't get a hit off of starter Wade Miley. 

Miley played a stellar game and showed grit and determination while pitching a no hitter thru six innings and then gave up one hit in the seventh. After seven innings the D-backs were leading which was something they have not done all season verses the Dodgers.

Miley went on to strike out eight batters and walked five before he was relieved in this one, but it was good to see a starter go this far in a game which also has not happened all season. 

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The Arizona Diamondbacks Verses Los Angeles Dodgers Series Preview

April 17th, 2014 at 3:02 PM
By Earl Burnett

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The struggling Arizona Diamondbacks enter another three game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers this weekend, and after being on the losing end of two previous series sweeps one was at home to the Dodgers. The D-backs are now a surprising 1-11 at home and now going on the road to the rival Dodgers will not be an easy task to trying to get their season turned around.

Derrick Hall appeared live on the Doug and Wolf radio show on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM and was very open with his feelings about what is going on with his team, and he said "these guys are hanging their heads" lacking confidence is not going to help for getting out of this situation. The pitching staff putting to much pressure on themselves knowing they were going to be without Patrick Corbin.

Management believes the team will hit a switch and turn things around and just start playing better and not necessarily have a wining  season, but to just start playing better in the areas that are basic in baseball. For example throwing the ball to first base should be an automatic completed play, and the D-backs are struggling in fundamentals and that may very well point to skipper Kirk Gibson.

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Arizona Diamondbacks Get Swept Again,Loss to Mets 5-2

April 16th, 2014 at 11:58 PM
By Earl Burnett

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The Arizona Diamondbacks lose 5-2  as the Mets get the three game sweep, and the D-backs fall six straight games to fall to 4-14 on the season.

Brandon McCarthy(0-3) tried to keep his team in the game but was not able to hold down the Mets batters for too long, as the team continues to give up runs and hits at a enormous rate. McCarthy allowed three runs in five innings, as Mets starter Dillon Gee(1-0) got the win and was near perfect until Martin Prado ended those hopes in the fifth inning with a two out double.

McCarthy still got praise from manager Kirk Gibson after the game "Mac threw good enough to win the game, we played poorly. We made mistakes, We ran into an out, we made a couple of errors" said Gibson and also added "when you shoot yourself in the foot, its tough" that sounded like criticism but as a pat on the back at the same time,and that may be part the problem. 

This team needs some scolding publicly from the guys on top and perhaps the team has stopped responding to the relaxed skipper Gibson.

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Arizona Diamondbacks Decide not to Bring up Archie Bradley

April 16th, 2014 at 2:03 PM
By Earl Burnett

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The debate if the Arizona Diamondbacks should bring up top prospect Archie Bradley has gotten a lot of discussion this week, but it has not been that much of a demand from the fan base. The key reason for that may be that the season may be over early and fans have excepted that. Bringing Bradley up now would not help the teams current situation any,seeing the team is now 4-13 and not one starting pitcher that can win consistently.

The pressure of saving the season would be to much of a load on the 21 year old Bradley, although there is plenty of time left in this season to turn things around but reality will keep hitting the D-backs in the face. The reality is that one pitcher will not make that much of a difference if at all, this has been proven when the D-backs had one consistent starting pitcher last year with Patrick Corbin going 14-6 and the team still finished without a playoff birth and an 81-81 record.

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