The Arizona Diamondbacks got a much-needed 7-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants last night. It was a big effort from everyone from Gerardo Parra nearly hitting for the cycle to Paul Goldschmidt‘s three-run blast off his favorite pitcher, Tim Lincecum. However, the unquestioned star of the game was Josh Collmenter who threw four scoreless innings in relief of Bronson Arroyo to preserve the victory. His performance reminded me why he is my favorite Diamondbacks’ player and is truly one of the MVP’s of the team.
It was once again a case of a D’backs’ starting pitcher failing to get deep into a game. Every time Arizona scored some runs, Arroyo gave back a little something, just enough to keep the Giants hanging around. He departed after five innings with a 7-3 lead. At that point, when I or you or any other D’backs fan saw Aaron Hill coming in as a pinch hitter, we all held our collective breath. It meant another trip to a beleaguered bullpen, one that has been surrendering runs at an alarming rate. Even Collmenter wasn’t immune to the scourge, giving up runs in two of his three appearances. After giving up a leadoff walk to Michael Morse, a faint whisper of “Here we go again” took hold. Then Collmenter retired the next three hitters , two on strikeouts, and I knew the game was secure as long as he remained in the game. I figured he would get through at least the eighth inning but was pleasantly surprised when Kirk Gibson left him out there for the save. His line: 4 innings, 3 hits, 1 walk,4 strikeouts and 1 huge team-lifting performance.
Last night’s contest proved that Josh Collmenter is as much as an MVP to this team as Paul Goldschmidt. It is the type of performance that can get the entire club pointed in the right direction. Now it is time for Randall Delgado, tonight’s starting pitcher, to follow the lead of the Tomahawk.