Lopez Ends Winless Streak

Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Rodrigo Lopez had not won a game in nearly two months despite pitching better as of late. The reasons for the losses have been varied.

The beginning of August was especially brutal for the right-hander. As a fly ball pitcher Lopez has gotten into trouble this season giving up home run balls like trick-or-treat candy at Halloween.

In his last three outings Lopez has looked better pitching deep into games only to see the Diamondbacks offense suddenly disappear. Today’s series finale against the Cincinnati Reds looked to be the same.

In the bottom of the first inning Lopez gave up a single and a double to give Cincinnati a one run lead. That run would be the only one he would give up all day.

Over seven innings of work he allowed just eight hits and the single run. The Diamondbacks would struggle at the plate being shut out the first four innings. In the fifth Arizona would finally get to Reds starter Edison Volquez.

Volquez walked the first two batters before giving up a double followed by two singles accounting for all three Diamondbacks runs. Today’s game was a microcosm of the entire season.

The starting pitching would keep the game close giving up few earned runs during their outings only to see the offense struggle. In cases like today the offense would do just enough to get a slight lead.

The planets all seemed to align today and Lopez with help from the bullpen kept the Reds offense off-balance allowing the Diamondbacks to escape from Ohio with a 2-2 split in the four game series.

Perhaps this is just what Lopez needed to turn his luck around and finish the season strong. That would go a long ways in helping the Diamondbacks determine whether he will figure into the pitching mix for the 2011 season.

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