Youth Reigns Supreme in Dbacks Rough Week

By Guillermo Salcido
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Sep 24, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Vidal Nuno (54) pitches in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Vidal Nuno

This is what I meant when I said there was a lack of depth in the pitching performances this week. For those that remember (but would like to forget), Josh Collmenter got absolutely hammered by the Nationals on Monday. Collmenter was charged with 9 runs and could not get out of the 2nd inning. With rest of the series against the Nats left to be played and a road trip on the horizon, the Dbacks needed to save their bullpen.

Nuno, who had just been called up from Reno, was just the guy. He performed admirably and pitched the 2nd longest relief effort in franchise history, only shorter than The Big Unit’s. Nuno went 6 2/3 innings and struck out a career 8 batters. Nuno was rewarded for his performance with a demotion back to Reno later in the week.