It took 12 innings for the Arizona Diamondbacks to pull away with the series opening win. Tonight, they only needed three. Led by its offense and a gem thrown by Josh Collmenter, the Diamondbacks cruise to a 9-0 victory over San Francisco.
Arizona played to near perfection throughout the night, and it was only fitting with a bullpen that desperately needed some rest. Collmenter did his job beautifully, tossing his second career complete game shut out. He allowed just four hits, with just one since the third inning. The bats also came alive, with 18 throughout the game and scoring runs in six of the last seven innings.
What more can you say about the Diamondbacks offense that has been up and down for most of the season thus far. What’s even better is no runs came on the long ball. A.J. Pollock was one of six players who had a multi-hit game, with Pollock leading the way going 4-for-5. Even Collmenter joined the party with a three-for-five performance himself.
Their bullpen needed rest. Just about everyone took to the mound after blowing leads in the late going last night. A win should also boost some sort of confidence in Collmenter as well, not to mention getting sweet revenge on his season opener.
One major concern is the play of new Cuban Yasmany Tomás. His lone plate appearance ended on just one pitch. He has yet to receive a hit, which is a bit of a panic, but now a bit of the stress comes from how selective is he on when to swing. Arizona made a pretty decent bid on him, so they are still continuing to work with him.
A true test now awaits Arizona as Rubby De La Rosa (2-0, 7.15 ERA) looks to face Chris Heston (1-1, 0.69 ERA). First pitch is at 6:05 PM.