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April 10, 2013

Error sets tone as Diamondbacks rout Pirates

PHOENIX, Ariz. — A first-inning throwing error by Jonathan Sanchez set the tone for what was going to be a long afternoon for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The left-hander threw wildly to third base, allowing the Arizona Diamondbacks to score the first run in a 10-2 romp Wednesday.

Still, the Pirates took two of three from the Diamondbacks in the series, a nice turnaround after Pittsburgh’s 1-5 start to the season.

“We win the series, and we move on,” manager Clint Hurdle said.

Sanchez (0-2) had pitched well in a

3-0 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, but after Wednesday’s throwing miscue, he had all kinds of problems.

“The overall stuff wasn’t as sharp,” Hurdle said. “There wasn’t one pitch that was as sharp here today as it was in L.A.”

A.J. Pollock homered twice for the Diamondbacks and Wade Miley (2-0) gave up two runs on five hits in 62/3 innings.

Pollock doubled in the first, then tried to steal third, taking off a tad too soon. Sanchez saw him and should have easily thrown him out, but the throw sailed past third baseman Josh Harrison. That left Hurdle to wonder what might have been if the throw had been better.

Pollock, who began the day in an

0-for-14 rut, also made a diving catch in center field to rob Andrew McCutchen of a hit in the first.

Sanchez was charged with nine runs and eight hits in 31/3 innings. The last two of those runs came after Sanchez left and reliever Chris Leroux walked two batters, on four pitches each, with the bases loaded in the Diamondbacks’ four-run fourth.

Pollock, a long shot to make the opening day roster before spring training injuries to Adam Eaton and Cody Ross, hit a three-run homer in the second and a leadoff shot in the fourth. He had two home runs in 81 big league at-bats last season and only 14 in three seasons in the minors.

But, manager Kirk Gibson said, Pollock has some power, especially against left-handers.

“You get the ball up like that on him and he has the ability to hit it out of the ballpark,” Gibson said.

Pollock said he has more pop in his bat than people think.

“For me, hitting home runs is not about power,” he said. “It’s about hitting the ball correctly and your approach at the plate. It’s 340 feet down the line. It’s not like you need to hit it 600 feet to hit it out. It’s more about getting the right pitch and taking the right swing in the right count.”

Sanchez tried to shrug off the performance.

“We have 30 starts out of the year,” he said. “We’re going to have bad outings and we’re going to have good outings. You’ve just got to focus on the next one.”

Martin Prado followed Sanchez’s error with a walk, advanced to third on Paul Goldschmidt’s single and scored when Miguel Montero grounded out. Alfredo Marte brought home the inning’s third run with a two-out double.

In the second, there was more trouble for Sanchez. Josh Wilson reached on a walk and Gerardo Parra singled before Pollock homered into the left-field seats to make it 6-0.

Miley, runner-up in NL Rookie of the Year voting last season, had his second strong outing in as many tries.

“I was getting ahead of guys early,” he said. “I went to the slider a couple of times. Mainly it’s about getting ahead and controlling at-bats. They were putting the ball in play, and the defense was making plays.”

Miley retired 10 in a row after Starling Marte opened the game with a double. The string ended when McCutchen walked with one out in the fourth. Gaby Sanchez singled and Harrison had an RBI single.

Pollock’s second homer made it 7-1. Sanchez walked Goldschmidt and gave up a one-out single to Montero before getting pulled by Hurdle.

Leroux came on and promptly walked three straight. Another run scored on Miley’s groundout and Arizona led 10-1 through four innings.

Notes: Arizona 2B Aaron Hill got a day off after being hit in the left hand by a pitch Tuesday night. X-rays were negative and he hopes to return Friday night. ... The Pirates, 2-4 on their road trip, return home to open a weekend series against Cincinnati on Friday. Arizona has today off, then begins a three-game home series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday. ... Starling Marte had a hit to lead off all three games against Arizona.

 

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