It wasn’t pretty at times, however when you’ve just pitched six scoreless innings in your first start for your new team, you’ll take it any way you can get it. Newly acquired pitcher Dontrelle Willis, the D-Train, made his first start for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday evening, helping the Dbacks to a 4-3 win over the Colorado Rockies.
Willis pitched in and out of trouble all night, allowing five hits and four base on balls and walked one batter. Bottom line is, he never allowed a runner to score and that is the most important part. Reliever Chad Qualls pitched a perfect ninth for his 10th save of the season.
Reliever Carlos Rosa almost blew the game for Willis in the seventh and Aaron Heilman wasn’t much better, but they averted the tying and go-ahead runs from scoring. For a couple of minutes it seemed like deja vu all over again. Not tonight though.
This was only the second win this season for the Dbacks when scoring four or fewer runs. They are now 2-27 when that happens.
So far good with Willis. Maybe a change of scenery will be good for him. To be continued.