Double your pleasure. The Arizona Diamondbacks managed to salvage one game of the three game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates by defeating them 2-0 at PNC Park on Thursday night. It was the sixth shutout of the season for the Dbacks, doubling their total from 2010.
Starter Josh Collmenter raked once again, although he did labor at times and was only able to go five innings. He threw 100 pitches, once again not allowing a run. His ERA is now 1.12. You can't really complain about that at all. He found himself in a lot of high pitch count at-bats thanks to Pirates hitters hitting a lot of foul balls. However he was able to come out the winner in most of those at-bats.
Micah Owings found a groove out of the bullpen and was able to shut the Pirates down as well. David Hernandez came on for his fourth career save. J.J. Putz was given the night off for reasons unknown.
The Dbacks offense once again found itself on vacation for the most part but came through late when it counted. Chris Young belted a two-run home run in the 8th inning. That's all the Dbacks bullpen needed this evening after struggling the past three games. Young had two homers in the series.
You have to tip your hat to the Pirates pitchers as well, both to the starters and the pen. They really kept the Dbacks offense in check, an offense that had grown accustomed to scoring quite a number of runs lately. You know the old saying though, only takes one run to win. Tonight, it was two.
Now the Dbacks are off to Miami to face the Florida Marlins, a team they just won a series against at Chase Field in Phoenix last week, 2-1. The first of four games is tomorrow night. They should all be fun to watch. That is, of course, if they don't have any games rained out. When you play in Miami though, anything can happen.