The Arizona Diamondbacks seek out their sixth straight victory and their longest win streak tonight as they take on the Colorado Rockies. The first pitch is scheduled to be thrown at 6:40 PM MST and the roof (thank goodness) will be closed.
The Diamondbacks' pitchers have had plenty of success over the past five games, sans tonight's pitcher, Trevor Cahill, who was pulled after just 5.1 innings against the Astros last Friday night. He will look to correct his errors against a continuously slumping Rockies team that has now lost 8 of their last 10 outings. Manager Kirk Gibson talked about some of Cahill's struggles this season, which have often come early in games.
"He jumps at it sometimes and he doesn't stay back. I think he tries to keep it simple, but for whatever reason he just has not been able to get in a groove early on and usually if he gets through the first inning then he kind of gets on a pretty good roll... I asked him if there was anything we could do differently and if there was anything he could identify that we could try and help him through it, but I mean, he's struggled with that."
Jim Tracy will send Jeff Francis to the mound tonight for the Rocks. Francis holds a 2-2 record with a 5.24 ERA on the season. According to ESPN, Francis has an 0-6 record with a 7.68 ERA over his past seven starts against the D-backs. The way Arizona is progressing right now, that doesn't figure to get any better.
It was also discovered today that rookie Trevor Bauer has been shutdown in Reno. Gibson did not have a ton of information regarding the matter, but it seems to be performance based. "I don't think the ball was coming out of his arm the way it was in spring training," Gibby said. "It's quite different from where he was a year ago and where he is at today and the requirements to consistently be able to throw every fifth day, it's a learning process. My guess is that they're just trying to back him off a little bit, get him straightened out."
There does not seem to be a timetable for his return and it could have something to do with the groin injury that has been nagging him all season as well. We will hopefully know more within the coming days.
Also announced was that Matt Williams, the Diamondbacks' third base coach, will be coaching Salt River in the Arizona Fall League. Gibson was delighted for him and said this was something that they have talked about quite a bit in terms of Williams elevating himself. "It'll be good. He'll be over there at Salt River, he'll be very comfortable and he'll make sure he keeps my office clean," Gibby joked. "He should be excited for that and he will be really good for the kids that he is going to be touching."
Here are tonight's lineups for the game:
Dexter Fowler (CF)
Marco Scutaro (2B)
Michael Cuddyer (1B)
Andrew Brown (LF)
Tyler Colvin (RF)
Jordan Pacheco (3B)
Wilin Rosario (C)
Josh Rutledge (SS)
Jeff Francis (P)
Stephen Drew (SS)
Willie Bloomquist (3B)
Jason Kubel (LF)
Paul Goldschmidt (1B)
Justin Upton (RF)
Miguel Montero (C)
Chris Young (CF)
John McDonald (2B)
Trevor Cahill (P)
As you can see, Aaron Hill will finally be getting a night off for the Diamondbacks.