At least Josh Collmenter gave the Diamondbacks a chance last night. Despite the marginally better start, the D-backs bottom of the rotation righty is still fighting for his pitching life.
Collmenter–as he’s done all year–let the Atlanta Braves get to him quickly in the first inning. Brave’s first baseman Freddie Freeman hit his first of two home runs off Collmenter in the first, a two-run shot. Collmenter, however settled down retiring 14 of the next 17 batters before surrendering two singles to start the sixth inning with the score tied 2-2. Wade Miley was brought in to relieve Collmenter and struggled, allowing the game to quickly get out of hand as teh D-Backs lost 10-2.
While not brilliant, Thursday was undoubtedly a good sign for Collmenter as he not only pitched into the sixth, but rebounded from an early blow. He’s definitely not safe in the rotation, but at least he earned himself another start. Hopefully he’ll get more help from the offense which is struggling without two of it’s biggest stars–Justin Upton and Chris Young. The D-Backs only managed 2 runs on 5 hits.