By far it was the pitching performance of the night around Major League Baseball. Josh Collmenter faced the minimum 27 batters giving up only three hits as the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the Cincinnati Reds by a score of 4-0. The Snakes are now 5-2 in their last seven games as they inch upwards after their disastrous beginning to the 2014 season.
Collmenter opened the game by striking out Billy Hamilton and Todd Frazier before retiring Brandon Phillips on a fly ball to center field. In the bottom of the first, A.J. Pollock single-handedly scored the game’s first run. He led off with a double before stealing third base. Devin Mesoraco‘s throwing error allowed Pollock to score giving his team the lead. He would make his presence known again in the third after Brayan Pena led off with a double. Zack Cozart flied out out to center field and Pena attempted to tag up only to be gunned down by Pollock at third. Aaron Hill‘s fifth home run made the score 2-0 in the fourth and Arizona tacked on single runs in the sixth thanks to Hill’s RBI single and in the seventh on an RBI single by Martin Prado.
The evening belonged to Tomahawk. His performance resulted in the first complete game shutout of his career. Thanks to the outstanding defense behind him, he barely broke a sweat. Collmenter threw only 94 pitches, 65 of them for strikes. He fanned five batters and no Cincinnati hitter ran the count to three balls. With the victory, Collmenter is now 4-2 with a 3.34 ERA and has firmly solidified himself as a member of the D’backs’ rotation.