Arizona Diamondbacks Bullpen Spoils Cahill’s Strong Start

By Chris Lacey

April 30, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Trevor Cahill (35) throws against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning during a game at Chase Field. Image Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Diamondbacks starter Trevor Cahill had his best game as a member of starting rotation by shutting down the San Francisco Giants line up in Tuesday’s game. Cahill had his command and location working throughout the whole game. He was also very efficient with his pitches, as he only needed 85 to get through eight innings of shut out baseball.

The offense for Arizona once again struggled to score, and they had issues with Giants starter Madison Bumgarner. They had chances to score against him in the game, but were unable to take advantage when the opportunity presented itself.  He was just as good as Cahill with the location of his pitches. Bumgarner threw seven strong innings, gave up three hits, walked one batter, struck out two batters, and gave up no runs. They managed to score one run in the eighth inning, when infielder Josh Wilson hit his first HR of the season against Giants reliever Santiago Casilla.

The ninth started by Cahill allowing Giants outfielder Angel Pagan to hit a single. This was all Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson needed to see, and he brought in closer J.J. Putz to hopefully close the game for Arizona. Putz did manage to strikeout Marco Scutaro, but he gave up two-run HR to third baseman Pablo Sandoval.

The bullpen has been the one cause for concern in the first month this season, as they have already blown nine games. The other blown saves were bad, but this one hurt the most. Cahill pitched great in this start, and now has nothing to show for it.

Arizona may need to look for other options for the team’s closer as the season progresses. They are playing too many close games to have the bullpen just blow leads. An option they can use is Matt Reynolds, who has been remarkable in his appearances this season and has yet to allow an earned run.