"As I was walking out there, I wanted to look into his eyes and see what I saw and also talk to Castillo. Both of them were very positive, felt very good about getting the outs they needed so I just tapped him on the chest and said you got it."
- Chip Hale
"I'm very calm right now. But tomorrow I think it will be very hard to reel all this in. I feel like I'm getting kind of emotional right now."
- Randy Johnson
Arizona Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale walked out to the mound in the eighth inning, fully ready to bring in closer Brad Ziegler. Before pulling the trigger, he wanted to visit Rubby De La Rosa to determine if he had anything left. Seeing and hearing what he wanted from his starter and catcher Welington Castillo, Hale left De La Rosa in and the young right-hander got two big outs. De La Rosa pitched eighth effective innings and Ziegler held on for his 14th straight save, lifting the Diamondbacks to a 2-0 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night.
File this under "not surprised". According to Jerry Crasnick at ESPN (via MLBtraderumors), the Arizona Diamondbacks have been fielding a lot of calls regarding reliever Brad Ziegler. Every year at this time, relief pitchers such as Ziggy are always in such high demand.
The Randy Johnson who arrived in Arizona in 1999, fearsome and scowling and dominant, was a finished product. The Diamondbacks plucked him off the free-agent shelf and plugged him into their rotation, watching him win four Cy Young awards, lead them to a World Series title and chart his course to Cooperstown, N.Y., where he’ll be inducted Sunday into baseball's Hall of Fame.
Randy Johnson never shied away from showing emotion when he was on the mound, as he has admitted, and not just intensity, but anger as well. Sunday, during his Hall of Fame induction speech, when he gives thanks to all those who helped him to get to this point, he will likely display a different end of the emotional spectrum.
The Brewers' Matt Garza and Diamondbacks' Jeremy Hellickson will both aim to repeat recent performances when the teams finish a four-game series on Sunday at Chase Field.