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Arizona Diamondbacks Inside Pitch 2009-05-14

Arizona Diamondbacks Inside Pitch 2009-05-14
Outfielder Gerardo Parra and right-hander Bryan Augenstein looked at home in their major league debuts Wednesday, a good sign for a Diamobdbacks team that can use all the help it can get these days.

Parra, recalled from Class AA Mobile on Wednesday, became the 100th player in major league history to hit a home run in his first at-bat when he hit a 1-1 pitch 379 feet into the right field stands as the No. 2 batter in the first inning of the D-backs' 10-3 loss to Cincinnati. Atlanta's Jordan Schafer homered in his first at-bat on opening day this year.

Augenstein, whose contract was purchased from Mobile, gave up eight hits and five runs in 6 1/3 innings. Most of the damage came in a three-run second inning, when the Reds had an infield single and a bunt single. He was charged with two runs in the seventh, but one scored after he left the game.

The D-backs expect Augenstein to remain in the rotation, at least for the short term, with Yusmiero Petit (shoulder) on the disabled list. Augenstein was 5-0 with an 0.78 ERA in six starts at Mobile.

Parra, 21, was brought up to play, manager A.J. Hinch said. He was hitting .361 with three homers, 12 RBIs and seven stolen bases for Mobile.

"I think we're willing to change things and see if we can find the right ingredients. He plays with a good spirit, he plays with passion. We need more of that, and it will be exciting to see him out there on the field," Hinch said.

Right fielder Justin Upton is the D-backs' leading hitter at .306. Eric Byrnes, who has started in left field the last five games in place of Conor Jackson (general illness), is hitting .200. Center fielder Chris Young, who entered as a defensive replacement in the seventh inning Wednesday, is hitting .185.

Without naming names, D-backs president and CEO Derrick Hall hinted in a radio interview the day Bob Melvin's firing was announced last Thursday that some players could be demoted to the minor leagues if their production did not improve.

REDS 10, DIAMONDBACKS 3: OF Gerardo Parra homered in his first major league at-bat in support fellow rookie RHP Bryan Augenstein, but the D-backs lost for the fourth time in five games under new manager A.J. Hinch while being swept in a three-game series for the first time this season. IF Augie Ojeda hit his first home run since 2007 as the D-backs fell to 9-15 at home, the most home losses in the major leagues.

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