On Friday night, Bronson Arroyo pitched seven scoreless innings, giving up just three hits, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks to victory against the San Diego Padres. This comes on the heels of his previous performance in which he went six plus innings giving up just two runs.
In his last two starts, Arroyo has lowered his ERA from 9.50 to 6.03. While his ERA is extremely high, it is nice to see Arroyo get in to somewhat of a groove on the mound, even if it has only been for two starts. Arroyo finally showed the command of the strike zone that made has made him successful over the course of his career, while walking just one batter.
While San Diego’s lineup is arguably the worst in baseball, Arroyo’s great outing should help him build confidence going forward. While the Diamondbacks are almost already out of contention this season, Arroyo is signed to a multi-year contract, and it would be a shame to see the wheels fall off already and have him never recover.
Another part of the game against San Diego that was very encouraging was the offense. When looking at the box score, it seems as if the Diamondbacks won this game on the backs of the pitchers, and while this is partially true, the offense certainly did their part. Although they only scored two runs, the Diamondbacks faced off against one of the best pitchers in baseball this season in Andrew Cashner. Cashner came in to the game with an ERA of 2.68, and is a dark horse candidate for the Cy Young Award.
While the Diamondbacks’ offense wasn’t great by any means, they got timely hits, which they hadn’t been getting much of to start the season. Everything went right for Arizona in this game, and the scoreboard reflected that.