The Dbacks made Jon Garland look like a Little League pitcher and Pat Corbin made the Rockies hitters look like Little Leaguers. The final score was a 5-0 job on the Rockies by the Dbacks. The highlight of the game was FGH taking the television viewers on a tour of the new press box and cafeteria.
Garland had a line of 11 hits, five runs, a walk, and two wild pitches. That is good for a WHIP of 2.00 despite the fact that he had a 1-2-3 first inning. Corbin threw a complete game on 97 pitches while Garland went only six innings on the same number of pitches. Garland repeatedly left a lot of pitches belt high and center cut that were hit hard.
His performance has the Rox brass and fans talking about who is the odd man out when Jeff Francis comes off the DL. It was only a few days ago that chatter has Juan Nicasio as the the odd man out. After tonight, Garland appears to be the odd man out and Nicasio has more grip on his rotation spot. Frankly, Garland’s grip on a rotation spot is like a spider trying to survive a stream aimed at it in the urinal. Meanwhile, Tyler Chatwood (see picture above) has just pitched himself into a near lock on the rotation spot.
The only bright spot was two doubles, one by Nolan Arenado and one by Jordan Pacheco, to spoil Corbin’s shutout in the eighth inning. The hitters for the most part were befuddled by big sliders with located fastballs mixed in. The only good news from the Rockies’ perspective is that the Dbacks wasted their best pitcher against a starter that may not be here next week. Rox will roll out the best pitchers (Chacin and DLR) in the next two nights against lesser starters (Kennedy and Cahill) in hopes of reeling Arizona in into a tie for first.