2013 was not the best of seasons for Brandon McCarthy. The Arizona Diamondbacks signed the tall right-hander to a two year contract the previous offseason. He got out of the gate rather slowly, surrendering no less than three runs in his first seven starts. Finally, McCarthy put it together in his eighth start of the season, eight innings of shutout ball against the Phillies at Chase Field. This set the stage for his next outing, May 18th in Miami vs. the Marlins.
Gerardo Parra hit the first pitch of the game into the right field seats. It would turn out to be the only support McCarthy received and needed on this Saturday evening as he proceeded to dominate the Fish for nine innings. He threw only 99 pitches (68 for strikes) allowing only three hits and two walks while striking out five. The Marlins had their best chance to score in the bottom of the first when they had runners on first and second with two outs. Chris Coghlan proceeded to lace a single to right field and Derek Dietrich tried to score from second. Parra came up throwing and nailed Dietrich at the plate. Over the next eight frames, McCarthy gave up a single hit and set the Marlins down in order five times. It was one of the best performances by a D’back pitcher of the season.