The Diamondbacks have been struggling so far in 2014, that is not a secret to anybody, but the Snakes defiantly have a great core set up for the future and were starting to see some of those core players put it together at the Major League level and its fun to watch. The Dbacks started their quick three game road trip against the Rockies with a 4-1 victory over Colorado.
Chase Anderson is probably wondering why everyone considers Coors Field to be the best hitters park in the MLB. Anderson allowed just one run over 6 innings. The only mistake from Chase came when he allowed a leadoff home run to DJ LeMathieu in the fifth.
Anderson is now 4-0 in as many starts since being called up from Double A Mobile in early May, and after his great start last night, maybe he has solidified a spot in the starting rotation. While he was with the BayBears when he was called up, he spent all of last season with Triple-A Reno.
"“He’s been throwing the ball good ever since he’s been up here,” D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. “He gave us six strong innings. He mixed it up. LeMahieu sat on a breaking ball. But other than that, just flawless, didn’t walk a lot of guys, kept the balls in play.”"
Meanwhile Chris Owings continues to impress and make his case for being the Snakes shortstop for the future. Owings went 3 for 4 last night, following a single short of the cycle. Owings won the N.L Rookie of the Month Award for April but has since hit a cold spell. However in the last few days, he has shown signs of getting out of it. Owings hit a HR as part of a back to back, a double, and a triple.
Dbacks rookie Nick Evans who was just called up after playing great baseball for the Reno Aces got his first start with the Dbacks at 1B, and hit his first homer with Arizona. The blast was his first big league homer since September 3rd, 2011.
Evans was in place of Paul Goldschmidt who got his first day off of the season. While many people were upset with Goldy not being in the lineup, he needed a day off. He just has simply not looked like the same hitter he was. I cant forget about David Peralta who recorded his first career extra base hit, and continues to rake at the plate.
It also finally looks like Arizona has finally figured out the 7th, 8th, and 9th inning roles for the bullpen with Evan Marshall in the 7th, Brad Ziegler in the 8th, and Addison Reed in the 9th. While Marshall and Ziegler have performed, Reed is a different story. It just seems like he allows a run and makes things interesting every time he goes out there. Game 2 of this series is set for 5:40pm with Josh Collmenter going up against Jordan Lyles.