No, hits: D-backs' bats bring Hill back to Earth

August 30th, 2017

PHOENIX -- In the entire month of July, Rich Hill allowed only five earned runs over 31 innings. On Tuesday, the D-backs hung five runs on him before he could record the second out of the game.

Hill came into Chase Field fresh off an outing in Pittsburgh in which he took a perfect game into the ninth inning and a no-hitter into the 10th. But even with as much momentum behind him as any pitcher in baseball, Hill never got on track as the D-backs chased him early en route to a 7-6 win.

The D-backs have now won seven of their last eight games, and with an early offensive outpouring on Tuesday, they have scored 18 runs over their last two games.

"I think we all had that old familiar feeling there, where we picked up right where we left off two days ago," Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. "These guys came out ready to play. Rich Hill, trust me, he's a very, very good pitcher. We knew that he was going to come out and throw the ball well, and I felt like we had a good game plan against him."

The last time the D-backs had seen Hill, the Dodgers left-hander left them with no answers. Hill fanned nine batters over seven inning to set the tone as the Dodgers finished off a three-game sweep in early July.

This time around, Arizona left nothing to chance and jumped on him early. led off with a single and A.J. Pollock followed with a two-run homer two batters later. and each added run-scoring hits, and when the dust settled, Hill trailed, 5-0, and had already thrown 35 pitches.

The D-backs are the first team to score more than three runs off Hill since the Indians hung seven on him June 15.

That early crooked inning proved crucial when the Dodgers answered with their own offensive outburst, making it 5-4 after three innings. allowed one run in the eighth and surrendered another in the ninth, but Rodney stranded a runner in scoring position to end the game.

"It's huge," Bradley said of the recent performance from the Arizona offense. "You're starting to see it, and hopefully we're gonna start rolling again. I know we've won a few in a row and quite a few in our last 10, but even a lot of them have been one-run games. We've been playing really, really good baseball. So to see your offense hit really good pitching and start to hit with two outs and stuff like that, it's like, 'OK, we're hopefully about to get into this and get rolling big time.'"