"I think this whole hit batsman deal has become an epidemic in baseball. It's too bad. Those balls up around the head area are the ones that are dangerous. So, we've got to be really careful and really coach our guys the right way. If you're going to pitch in, you have to know how to pitch in down in the zone more."
- Chip Hale
A.J. Burnett and Rubby De La Rosa tangled in a battle of right-handers on Saturday at Chase Field with each pitcher throwing seven innings of one-run ball. But neither hurler was around when Starling Marte singled home Neil Walker off Addison Reed with two out in the top of the ninth, giving the Bucs a 2-1 win in the second game of the three-game set.
Marshall's stock has taken a dip this season, though. He has a 7.71 ERA in seven appearances, he's given up more hits (11) than innings pitched (seven) and his walks per nine innings has gone up (3.1 to 5.1) while his strikeouts per nine innings has gone down (9.9 to 6.4). The result: Manager Chip Hale said Saturday that Daniel Hudson, coming off his second Tommy John surgery, is now his set-up man.
Nearly nine months have passed, but baseball players are like elephants, they never forget. With that said, neither Arizona Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale nor first baseman Paul Goldschmidt believe there will be any carryover from the last time the Arizona Diamondbacks and Pittsburgh Pirates shared the same field.