"Catching is not easy. I came out strong swinging the bat really well at the beginning of the season. I was in the outfield and I felt like it was less things to focus on. My bat started to flourish a little bit more. I just kind of wanted to keep that going and see if I could get to know myself a little bit more as a hitter."
- Peter O'Brien
"They were really good. But I’m going to stick to my strength and throw that pitch when it’s not going to hurt me. I want to keep working on it these last couple of weeks of the season."
- Chase Anderson
Rubby De La Rosa stymied the Giants over 5 2/3 innings and Welington Castillo collected an RBI groundout as Arizona played spoiler to San Francisco's chances at a playoff spot, securing a 2-0 win Friday night at AT&T Park.
A.J. Pollock had two hits and made a stellar defensive play in the eighth to help preserve the Diamondbacks’ 10th shutout of the season. Paul Goldschmidt also had two hits and scored a run as Arizona got its fifth consecutive win at AT&T Park.
In a clever interpretation of the annual rookie hazing dress-up gag, the Diamondbacks’ veteran players had slugger Peter O’Brien don the catching gear for the flight to San Francisco on Thursday afternoon.
I think they view their offseason priorities as pitching, pitching and more pitching. They would like to add at least one starter to the rotation and I would not be surprised at all to see them make another serious run at Reds closer Aroldis Chapman.
Right-hander Chase Anderson threw four innings in a simulated game on Friday afternoon at AT&T Park, an outing that comes as a precursor to his re-entry into the Diamondbacks rotation.
Saturday will bring afternoon baseball to AT&T Park, which means a blessing to some players and a curse to others as the San Francisco Giants host the Arizona Diamondbacks.