He used to rescue the Arizona Diamondbacks by coming out of the bullpen and throwing darts, slowing the opposition down until the offense made its move. Now, Josh Collmenter will try and prevent the latest three game losing streak from the rotation. He couldn’t have picked a better opponent than the Milwaukee Brewers. In five appearances, three of them starts, Tomahawk sports a 1.29 ERA, not counting Game 3 of the 2011 Division Series in which he gave up only a run on two hits in seven innings of work. On the season, Collmenter is 1-2 with a 3.77 ERA, giving up four runs in seven innings earning a no-decision last week against the Colorado Rockies.
Pitching for the Brewers will be Marco Estrada who is 2-1 with a 3.13 ERA in six starts. The right-handed Estrada last pitched on Thursday against the Cincinnati Reds working six innings and giving up three earned runs, a game the Reds won 8-3. Leading off again for Milwaukee will be Carlos Gomez who reached base five times in last night’s contest. Former D’back Lyle Overbay will get the start at first base tonight and bat fifth.
There is a bit of a lineup change as Kirk Gibson has opted to put Chris Owings in the 2 hole. The rookie has eight multi-hit games and it makes sense to try to get him as many at-bats as possible. Aaron Hill has seemed to find a home in the five spot. He has started off hot in May going 7 for 15 and now is tied with Paul Goldschmidt and Mark Trumbo for the team lead in RBI’s with 19. Today’s starting lineup is as follows: