Quotes of the Day
"He’s maturing. This is the best scenario for us. We bring him up here for a spot start. He continues to build his confidence and goes back there (Reno) and builds on what he has done prior, and then maybe we’re going to need in the future."
“His change-up was lights out, so he had three pitches going. With this team, they’re very aggressive. They hit the fastball well. If you get behind, you’ve got to throw fastball. They’re going to pound you. It was great.”
"Happy that they called me up and had the confidence in me to start the ballgame. Hopefully opened up a few eyes. I was already confident coming [in]."
"He threw me a low cutter and I put good wood on it and it was like a line drive and it went out."
Top prospect Tyler Skaggs impressed in game one of the double header, striking out nine Rangers over six innings and allowing only three hits and no runs. Skaggs' curveball was as good as advertised, but it was his improved change-up that surprised. The addition of the change-up allowed the young lefty to use the big curve more sparingly, setting up batters for the KO pitch.
Game two of the doubleheader featured late game heroics from the Diamondbacks' middle infielders Didi Gregorious and Cliff Pennington. Despite a strong outing from Yu Darvish, who struck out 14 Diamondbacks over 7.2 innings, the Diamondbacks were able to capitalize on a few mistake pitches. Gregorious tied the game in the eighth with a two-run homer off of Darvish. In the bottom of the ninth, Pennington would drive home MIguel Montero to complete the sweep of the Rangers.
The improvement of Tyler Skaggs' change-up is heartening. The young prospect, added to the roster specifically for the doubleheader as the 26th man, will bide his time in Reno waiting for the logjam at starting pitcher to sort itself out.
Martin Prado has been raking as of late. It was inevitable that he would come around, but it is good to see nonetheless.
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The Diamondbacks check in at number nine on Keri's power rankings. At number one: the recently swept Texas Rangers.