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Snake Bytes, 7/6: Skaggs Dominates

Returning home after a marathon road trip,in which the Diamondback bullpen was depleted beyond words, Tyler Skaggs got the call to start for the injured Trevor Cahill/Brandon McCarthy. Though the team also brought up Charles Brewer as insurance for the bullpen, it turned out it wasn't needed as Skaggs threw a three-hit shutout through eight before giving way to J.J. Putz in the ninth. Putz followed up with a clean 1-2-3 final frame, and the Diamondbacks extended their winning streak to three.

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Christian Petersen

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"We couldn't have asked him to do anything more," said D-backs second baseman Aaron Hill, who drove in two runs. "He came out and pounded the zone for eight innings. It was impressive what the guy did tonight for us."

Aaron Hill

"He hasn't had the velocity he has had in the past, but it doesn't matter," Gibson said. "If you throw the ball where it's gotta be thrown, you can be more than effective that way. Maybe earlier he was trying to overthrow a little bit and he sacrificed the command."

Kirk Gibson

"It was just fastball command, throwing it for strikes and getting ahead in the count," Skaggs said. "Strike one is the best pitch in baseball. It means you're getting ahead of batters."

Tyler Skaggs

"The situation was perfect, we got the rest of our bullpen some rest," Gibson said. "And then J.J. threw the ball the best he has. His fastball command was much improved tonight."

Kirk Gibson

Daily Diamondback Digest

Skaggs Dominates Rockies Through Eight

The last thing the Diamondbacks needed was another extra-inning affair, or even worse, a game in which the starter struggled to get deep into the game. It turns out they had nothing to worry about on Friday night. Tyler Skaggs was called up from Reno to get a spot start. After having some struggles in his last two MLB starts, Skaggs found his fastball control for Friday noght and used it to great effect to set up his filthy curveball, a pitch for which the potent Rockies lineup simply had no answer. Eight inning of baseball later, Tyler left the game with a 5-0 lead, having allowed three hits and a walk, while striking out five. J.J. Putz got some more low-leverage work in, and threw a perfect inning, as he continued to work on arm strength coming back from a dead arm stint on the DL.

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