Good to see Jon Garland come back with a good outing this afternoon out in Surprise, where he provided four shutout innings to take the win, as the Diamondbacks rolled to an easy 11-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals. Garland allowed three hits and a walk in his four frames of work, only really getting in trouble once - in the second inning, he let the first couple of Royals hitters get aboard but bore down to retire the next three. He three 53 pitches in total, 35 of them strikes, and it was, all around, a much better effort than his last one, where the Padres took him for six earned runs in 2.1 innings. Here are Garland's thoughts, after the game, on his outing and the second-inning jam.
Audio courtesy of KTAR 620
The offense helped out, putting ten runs up before Kansas City finally got on the board, in the bottom of the seventh, off Yusmeiro Petit. Leading the charge was Tony Clark, who went 4-for-4 with two runs scored and two more driven in, but most of the team's bats were on fire, and the Diamondbacks racked up eighteen hits in total. Josh Whitesell had a two-run homer in the second - he leads the team with, er, two homers, as does his nine RBI - and drove in another run in the fifth, while Josh Wilson had a three-run blast in the seventh. Trent Oeltjen, Chad Tracy, Whitesell, Chris Snyder and Wilson each had a pair of hits.
Scott Schoeneweis and Jon Rauch bridged the gap after Garland nicely, with a pair of shutout inning, though Seth Etherton gave up a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth, to make the score look a bit more respectable from the Royals' point of view. No errors for the Diamondbacks and Snyder picked a runner off first, though Arizona did hit into three double-plays. A decent crowd of 9,172 on hand to see our boys, a good number considering the fairly remote location. Me, I got caught up on a bunch of web work, and also tidied up our DVDs, but nice to boot up the 'puter and see the Diamondbacks with double-figures to their name once again.