Found May 19, 2013 on Fox Sports Arizona:
Facing an offensively challenged Miami team that's been particularly bad against left-handers lately, Wade Miley appears to be in a good spot to rebound from his worst outing of the season. Miley will try to keep the Marlins' bats quiet and lead the Diamondbacks to their fifth straight win in the finale of a three-game series at Marlins Park on Sunday. The D-backs (25-18) moved into sole possession of first place in the NL West on Saturday after Brandon McCarthy pitched a three-hitter to beat the Marlins 1-0, Arizona's ninth win in its last 12 games. "He just got on a roll and we left him in there," manager Kirk Gibson said. "He did it quickly -- that was the best sign of all." Diamondbacks starters have been largely responsible for the team's success during the past 12 contests, posting a 2.32 ERA and pitching at least seven innings seven times. Miley (3-2, 3.75 ERA) contributed one of those strong starts, but his next outing didn't go as well. The left-hander allowed a season-high seven runs over five innings of a 10-1 loss to the Braves on Monday. "He didn't make the pitches he needed to make," manager Kirk Gibson said. Miley, though, may be able to bounce back Sunday. He's given up just one run and five hits over 14 13 innings while winning his two career starts against the Marlins. Miley faces a Miami team that ranks last in the major leagues with a .221 batting average and 2.67 runs per game. The NL-worst Marlins (11-32), losers of seven straight, are hitting .188 with five extra-base hits in their last five games against left-handed starters. Greg Dobbs (.139), Juan Pierre (.152), Adeiny Hechavarria (.154) and Rob Brantly (.091) have endured the biggest struggles against lefties. Miami has totaled just three runs for Ricky Nolasco (2-5, 4.39) in his past three starts, though the right-hander allowed 10 runs over 11 innings in two of them. He lost all three games. Nolasco gave up a season-high six runs in five innings of a 6-2 loss to the Reds on Tuesday. "It kind of stems from our offense -- with him going out there, he knows he can't give up much," manager Mike Redmond said. "He's trying to be perfect." Nolasco has gone 5-2 with a 4.62 ERA in eight career starts against the Diamondbacks, but he's allowed 14 runs -- 10 earned -- and 14 hits over eight innings in the last two. The D-backs' Gerardo Parra, who hit a leadoff homer to account for the only run Saturday, is 13 for 28 during an ongoing seven-game hitting streak. Teammate Paul Goldschmidt has gone 11 for 20 with three homers and five doubles over his last five games. Miami hasn't lost eight in a row since an 11-game skid June 11-20, 2011.

D-backs catcher, pitcher combine for circus catch

Your browser does not support iframes. Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero and pitcher Josh Collmenter combined for an impressive circus catch on a popup in the eighth inning of Sunday night's game at Marlin Park. Miami Marlins batter Adeiny Hechavarria tried to bunt the ball, but popped it up down the third base line. Montero chased it and failed to catch it, but...

Collmenter makes perhaps catch of the year

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Parra throws out runner, busts out finger wag

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Goldschmidt has huge day as D-backs rout Marlins

MIAMI (AP) -- Paul Goldschmidt homered twice, had four hits and drove in four runs to lead the Diamondbacks to a 9-2 win over the Marlins on Friday night. Eric Chavez homered and also had four hits, and Gerardo Parra and Martin Prado had three hits apiece for Arizona, which had 16 hits in all and won its third straight game. Trevor Cahill (3-4) won for the third time in four decisions...

The Diamondbacks Show Positive Improvement In The Teamwork Category

Miguel Montero and Josh Collmenter are the poster children for teamwork in schools across the world following their team effort on Sunday. Check out Miguel who dove after a popup and juggled it up in the air setting up his teammate Collmenter for a nice alley-oop grab. Everything went according to plan. Article found on: Next Impulse Sports

Going...Going...Gone! Arizona Diamondbacks Gerardo Parra Now Has Something in Common With Pete Rose

Arizona's 1-0 win over the Miami Marlins gave the Diamondbacks a record of 25-18 and a one game lead over the San Francisco Giants in the NL West. The one run came courtesy of a solo home run by Gerardo Parra in the first inning. What does that have to do with Pete Rose? Well, the home run--and only run--came on the first pitch of the game. The last time that happened...

Marlins designate Jon Rauch for assignment

credit: getty images Jon Rauch’s tenure with the Miami Marlins is over. The Marlins released the lenghty right hander on Friday after 15 appearances. Rauch was used in the Marlins loss on Friday night allowing two runs in an inning of work. This season Rauch compiled a 7.56 ERA and a 1.80 WHIP. There figures to be enough interest around the league to earn Rauch a spot in someones...

Ricky Nolasco Fans 11 to End Miami Marlins Skid

Following a rough start on Tuesday against the Cincinnati Reds in which he surrendered six runs in five innings, Miami Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco rebounded with a solid performance against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday afternoon. Nolasco worked eight innings surrendering one run on five hits, striking out 11 batters with a commanding curveball that he was able to locate across...

Diamondbacks 9, Marlins 2

Paul Goldschmidt is one of the hottest hitters in baseball. Goldschmidt homered twice, tied his career high with four hits and drove in four runs to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks over the Miami Marlins 9-2 on Friday night. ''Watch the kid, watch the way he stays with his approach, he's dangerous,'' Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. Goldschmidt hit a two...

Diamondbacks 1, Marlins 0

Brandon McCarthy pitched a three-hitter for his first win since being struck in the head by a line drive last season, helping the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Miami Marlins 1-0 on Saturday night. Gerardo Parra led off the game with a home run for Arizona, which has won four in a row while dealing the Marlins a season-long seven-game losing streak. McCarthy (1-3) struck out five...

Miami drops 9-2 decision to Arizona, extends skid to six

MIAMI (AP) --Paul Goldschmidt homered twice, tied his career high with four hits and drove in four runs to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks over the Miami Marlins 9-2 Friday night. Eric Chavez homered and also had four hits, and Gerardo Parra and Martin Prado had three hits apiece for Arizona, which had 16 hits in all and won its third straight game. Trevor Cahill (3-4) won for the...

Marlins 2, Diamondbacks 1

Ricky Nolasco struck out 11 and the Miami Marlins stopped a season-high seven-game losing streak, holding off the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-1 Sunday. The Diamondbacks scored once in the ninth. Mike Dunn, the Marlins' third pitcher of the inning, got pinch-hitter A.J. Pollock to ground out on a 3-2 pitch with the bases loaded to end it. Marcell Ozuna broke a scoreless tie with...

Brandon McCarthy Rebounds With Shutout of Marlins

Brandon McCarthy was dominant on Saturday, blanking the Miami Marlins for his first win not only with the Arizona Diamondbacks, but also since being struck in the head with an Erick Aybar line-drive on August 5, 2012 against the Los Angeles Angels. McCarthy registered his third career shutout (his first since September 3, 2011 against the Seattle Mariners) in a 1-0 victory over the...
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