Well, back at an even record. After new Arizona Diamondbacks (1-1) pitcher Edwin Jackson made a less than stellar debut and was clearly out pitched by San Diego Padres (1-1) pitcher Chris Young, the Dbacks could not complete a comeback after falling down 5-0, eventually losing 6-3 Tuesday night at Chase Field.
Jackson lasted only five innings, giving up three runs on five hits. He had a very high pitch count at 94 and clearly was lacking his best stuff, which also was missing during most of spring training.
Young, however, was masterful. The Padres bullpen did enough to keep the Padres above water and complete the win for the boys from San Diego. Most of the offense took the night off, although some outs were loud and hard. Adam Laroche came close to a game tying home run in the seventh. Miguel Montero was robber of a potential game tying two run double earlier.
I think this is exactly what we should expect from the Dbacks all season. One day look great and the next not so much. This is a good reason many don’t see this team doing better than .500 at 81-81. So far, the pace for that is there.
No alarms going off yet, but on nights with someone other than Dan Haren starting, get used to seeing a lot of bullpen action like we did tonight. It’s a concern of many, overuse of the bullpen. That’s why it was so important for Haren to go deep yesterday on opening day. Unfortunately, the same will be asked of him each time he takes the mound. Someone else, heck everyone else in the rotation needs to do the same or there will be a lot of shuttling going on between the mound in Reno and the mound in Phoenix. Ian Kennedy has next.