Diamondbacks 4, Cubs 3

By Chris Rewers on Sunday, May 1, 2011

Hero: Geovany Soto went 2-for-3 with two doubles. His second double, in the seventh inning off Arizona starter Daniel Hudson (2-4), drove in a pair to pull the Cubs within a run.

Goat: Casey Coleman (1-2) was done in by a horrendous fourth inning that saw him surrender three runs. Coleman allowed just one hit in the inning but walked two, balked in a run from third, and wild pitched in another run from third.

Television analyst Bob Brenly hit the nail on the head when he said that Coleman needed to "slow things down." There were no coaching visitis during the frame. Some reassurance from manager Mike Quade, pitching coach Mark Riggins, or catcher Soto may have been helpful.

Coleman allowed four runs - all earned - on four hits in five innings while striking out three and walking five. He surrendered a two-out solo homer to Ryan Roberts in the second.

Key Play: In the top of the ninth, the Cubs had runners on the corners with one out against right-hander J.J.Putz, but Jeff Baker rolled into a game-ending 5-4-3 double play. We'd seen it before. Marlon Byrd hit into a game-ending double play with the tying run at third against Pittsburgh on April 3.

Comments: The Cubs were just 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position. ... A red-hot Alfonso Soriano - who hit three homers, drove in three, and scored four times in the series - was struck out by David Hernandez to end the top of the eighth with the tying run at second.

Next: James Russell (1-3, 8.31 ERA) somehow has been deemed worthy of making his fourth start Monday (CSN, 9:10 p.m.) and will oppose Los Angeles right-hander Clayton Kershaw (2-3, 3.52) in the opener of a three-game series. Kershaw has allowed five home runs in his first six starts.

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