The Arizona Diamondbacks did something not previously done by a member of their team in 2014: one of their pitchers threw a complete game. Bronson Arroyo kept the Washington Nationals off balance all night as the D’backs prevailed by a score of 3-1. The veteran Arroyo outpitched young gun Stephen Strasburg and even managed to get two hits off the young fireballer. With important arms unavailable in the bullpen, the Snakes needed the righty to go deep into the game.
The only damage done by the Nats was an Ian Desmond RBI triple in the top of the second inning giving them a 1-0 lead. Other than that, Arroyo’s array of speeds and arm angles were a joy to watch. His velocity ranged from 69 to 88 as he allowed seven hits and one walk while striking out eight. The end almost came in the eighth when Nate McClouth and Anthony Rendon were on base and Randall Delgado warming up in the bullpen. However, Arroyo got Jayson Werth to left field to end the inning. Paul Goldschmidt has a hand in all three Snakes’ runs as he scored in the fourth on Miguel Montero‘s RBI single and then smashed a two-run double the following inning to put his club ahead for good. With two doubles last night, Goldy leads all of baseball in that category with 16.
The big story on the night was clearly the 37-year old Arroyo. He is now 3-0 with a 0.39 ERA in his last three starts and is now 4-2 with a 4.15 ERA on the season. This after, a disastrous beginning of 2014 which left him with a 9.50 ERA after three starts. Arizona goes for their first home series win on Wednesday afternoon. Game time is set for 12:40 PM MST with Brandon McCarthy going up against Doug Fister.