7:10 PM ET, August 19, 2013
Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio
Arizona: Delgado (4-3, 3.52 ERA)
Cincinnati: Arroyo (11-9, 3.35 ERA)
The Arizona Diamondbacks’ recently hot offense impressed many online sports betting fans with an extra-inning win last night.
Tonight the Diamondbacks will face Bronson Arroyo — against whom a couple hitters have enjoyed success – and this could help reignite the lineup again as the Arizona team begin a very important four-game road series against the Cincinnati Reds.
The Diamondbacks (64-58) have won five of six and 8 of 11, but time is running out on its postseason bid — the team trails the Reds (70-54) by five games for the NL’s second wild-card spot.
Arizona is currently hitting .284 and averaging 5.7 runs with 40 extra-base hits over their last 11 games. Even so, the D-Backs were 0 for 11 with runners in scoring position Sunday before Adam Eaton drove in two runs with a bloop double — one of his career-high four hits — in the top of the 16th versus the Pittsburgh Pirates, leading to a 4-2 win, a franchise-record 13th in extra innings this MLB season.
Arroyo (11-9, 3.35 ERA) is 5-5 with a 4.52 ERA in 14 games against the Diamondbacks. Aaron Hill and Martin Prado are a combined 13 for 31 (.419) off the right-hander with three doubles and three home runs.
However, the 36 year-old has been strong since allowing a season high-matching seven runs in 3 2/3 innings of a 13-3 defeat versus the St. Louis Cardinals on Aug. 2, limiting opponents to one run over 14 innings in back-to-back victories.
The Diamondbacks’ 36th come-from-behind victory — second-most in the majors —let it keep pace with the Reds, which beat the Milwaukee Brewers 9-1 behind 10 singles and a strong eight innings from Homer Bailey.
Cincinnati has won nine of 12 and are hitting .326 (15 for 46) with runners in scoring position over the last six, getting 13 singles and two doubles.
The Diamondbacks won two of three at home from the Reds in June, though Randall Delgado (4-3, 3.52) took the lone defeat. The right-hander gave up four runs — three earned — and six hits over five innings in a 4-2 loss in the finale. Shin-Soo Choo and Brandon Phillips both homered off the Panama native.