"It doesn't get any easier, I'll say that," he said. "I wouldn't even say the butterflies are gone. Pitching in the big leagues with a lead late in the game, it's exciting. It's kind of the same now as it was in that first outing. If I come in and work hard down in the zone and execute pitches, I can come out of it looking good."
-Evan Marshall on pitching in key situations
Collmenter accomplished his complex task, and the D-backs endured another rain-filled day at Citi Field to defeat the Mets, 3-2. The victory ended the D-backs' three-game losing streak and snapped their five-game losing streak to the Mets.
For three games in St.Louis at the start of this road trip, the Diamondbacks could not find their way out of the jams they got themselves in, and as two-out hits by the opposition mounted, so, too, did the losses. But Saturday's 3-2 win over the New York Mets at Citi Field was an example of what can happen for the Diamondbacks when every hit they allow doesn't come at the worst possible moment.
Collmenter (3-2) won his third decision in a row over a span of six starts. The righty with the unusual, straight-over-the-top delivery allowed two runs in six innings before the D-backs bullpen held on.
Apparently, the third time really was a charm for the Arizona Diamondbacks against New York Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler. Here's a look at the D'backs win by the numbers.
Through 50 games, manager Kirk Gibson is still learning all the possibilities when it comes to replay challenges. Gibson and his staff have discussed what they think are plays they want to review and what the strategies are behind their decisions. The D-backs will add pitcher Zeke Spruill to their roster as the 26th man for Sunday's doubleheader against the Mets. Spruill will start the second game, following Game 1 starter Bronson Arroyo. The D-backs, in their quest to improve, are putting an emphasis on defense, said first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. Arizona's fielding percentage this season is .980, which is the one of the lowest in the Major Leagues. Pollock's recent hot streak could move him higher in the order.
The road to adulthood has been messy and spectacular. Along the way, the Diamondbacks have endured much ridicule. It will continue until Tony La Russa begins hiring and firing, plotting a new course for the franchise.
Arms are fragile. Everyone in baseball knows that. But managers become acutely aware of it when their teams embark upon a doubleheader. That will be the case at Citi Field on Sunday, where two last-place teams, the Mets and D-backs, will wrap up a three-game series with a single-admission doubleheader after Friday's opener was postponed in the fourth inning due to rain.
Sums up the Redsox season so far.