Sick and Tired

Mired in a road trip that has seen the team struggle and a losing streak that has reached seven games the Arizona Diamondbacks received more bad news.  Shortstop Stephen Drew has left the team to be with his wife who is expecting.

Third baseman Mark Reynolds was also scratched from the final game of the series with the Houston Astros.  Reynolds has been playing through his sickness but after a third day of having a fever over 100 degrees it became too much for him and he was taken out of the line-up.

The Diamondbacks were therefore two players short for this getaway game.  As the game progressed and they needed a right-handed pinch hitter; manager AJ Hinch turned to RHP Dan Haren to come up and pinch-hit.  Haren laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt moving the runner to second.

Despite being down two players and most of their regular starters having the day off the Diamondbacks were able to overcome their difficulties.  They took advantage of a rare lack of control by Astros starter Ben Norris to score five runs in the first inning and another in the second to give them a 6-0 lead.

The Snakes would need nearly all of those runs as starter Jon Garland gave up four runs on 10 hits in six innings of work.  The Diamondbacks would end up winning the game 7-5 to bring to an end the seven game losing streak.

The team now flies to San Francisco to start a three-game series against the Giants after an off day on Monday.  Right fielder Justin Upton will begin his injury rehabilitation assignment with Single-A Visalia on Monday.  Diamondbacks manager AJ Hinch plans to attend the Visalia game Monday in San Jose to see first-hand how Upton fares.

In Triple-A Reno outfielders Eric Byrnes and Chris Young continue to improve.  Since being sent to Reno Young is hitting .364 and seems to be finding his swing that has been absent for most of the season.  Byrnes is coming off hand surgery and is struggling to find his swing.  I don’t expect to see either player reinstated from the disabled list until after September 1 and more likely September 8 when the Reno Aces conclude their season.


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