"I was just trying to be to perfect and made a bad pitch. You have to take all hitters seriously. Just no excuse for making a bad pitch like that"
"Shaky first inning, better second inning," Towers said of the report he received. "They're working on some things mechanically with him with his hands and where he puts his hands. You know he hit two guys with breaking balls and gave up a home run."
- Kevin Towers on Trevor Cahill's status
The Dodgers have a number of accomplished sluggers in their lineup, from Hanley Ramirez to Yasiel Puig to Adrian Gonzalez. Yet it was a swing by pitcher Dan Haren that proved to be the big blow in the Dodgers' 6-4 win over the D-backs on Saturday night at Dodger Stadium.
Arizona's offense performed decently, scoring three runs off Dodgers RHP Dan Haren, but Diamondbacks starter Josh Collmenter gave up a combined six runs in the third and fourth
If it weren't for former Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Dan Haren -- and his bat, in particular -- his former team might have beaten the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday. Here's a look at the loss by the numbers
The D-backs announced that they have agreed to terms with 19 of their 42 picks from the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, and they have also reached agreement with some that they have not yet announced. D-backs general manager Kevin Towers had trusted aide Bill Gayton in Visalia to watch Trevor Cahill's Class A outing Thursday night. Cahill allowed four runs over two innings. He hit two batters and allowed a pair of hits.
Sitting 12 games under .500 and 15 games out of first place in the National League West heading into play Saturday, the Arizona Diamondbacks don't appear to be a team ready to make a summer push towards playoff contention. With a little less than two months until the MLB trade deadline, the D-backs have the lock of a seller.
It's probably a good thing for the Diamondbacks that the players who have played the most often are the types who never ask for a day off. Because with the team's recent injuries, rest for first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, right fielder Gerardo Parra and third baseman Martin Prado is at quite the premium.
Arroyo is not the type of pitcher who can overpower hitters, but whatever fastball velocity he did have has been sapped in his past few starts. On a good night, Arroyo can touch 88-90 mph with his fastball, but he hasn't had a good night in some time. His arm has ailed him, driving his velocity down to the low 80s. Still, Arroyo has been able to grind through it, relying on mixing pitches and changing speeds.