Diamondbacks-White Sox Preview
For as poor as the Arizona Diamondbacks have been at home, they continue to play well on the road.
Having already secured a winning trip, the Diamondbacks look to conclude the nine-game trek with a third series victory Sunday against the Chicago White Sox.
Wade Miley threw seven strong innings Saturday as Arizona (14-25) improved to 5-3 on the trip with a 4-3 victory.
Though the Diamondbacks' 4.91 team ERA is the worst in the majors, they have a 4.52 ERA while going 11-10 on the road compared to a 5.36 ERA and 3-15 record at Chase Field.
Arizona pounded out 12 hits Saturday and scored three times in the fifth, then ex-White Sox closer Addison Reed earned his 11th save despite allowing a run in the ninth.
"The best thing is we got the win, but against these guys it was a little more fun," said Reed, who converted 69 of 81 save chances in his previous two seasons with the White Sox. "It was fun, any time you get a win it is fun, but against these guys it is a little more special for me."
If Arizona is to build on Saturday's performance it must do so behind Chase Anderson, who will make his major league debut. The organization's pitcher of the month for April, the right-hander was 4-2 with an 0.69 ERA in six starts for Double-A Mobile.
Anderson was called up Tuesday to provide bullpen depth, but has not seen any action.
He'll face a Chicago team that averages an AL-best 5.2 runs, but aside from a two-run homer by Paul Konerko in the fifth inning Saturday did little after Friday's 9-3 win.
"We tried to battle back there at the end," Konerko said. "We didn't have much going all game."
No longer an everyday player, Konerko is 3 for 7 with five RBIs in his last two games and has homered in six straight games against the Diamondbacks dating to 2005.
The White Sox will hand the ball to Hector Noesi (0-2, 8.27 ERA), who allowed four runs in 3 2-3 innings of a 5-1 loss to Detroit in his first start for the team April 30, but gave up a run and struck out six over five of a 5-1 victory at Wrigley Field on Tuesday.
Noesi, acquired off waivers from Texas on April 25, made his first six appearances this season out of the bullpen and has only three starts since 2012. He's 0-10 with a 5.78 ERA in his last 15 starts.
"He's stretching it out where he's throwing more pitches," manager Robin Ventura told the White Sox's official website. "He's making that adjustment really on the fly. It's impressive that he's able to step in and give us that kind of effort."
In his only start versus Arizona, Noesi yielded six runs in six innings of a 7-1 loss for Seattle in 2012.
Arizona's Aaron Hill is 4 for 5 with two doubles and a triple against Noesi, but 0 for 7 in this series.