Skaggs makes his case to stay with strong start against Rockiesby Fabian Ardaya on Jul. 06, 2013, under Arizona Diamondbacks
Phoenix, Ariz.– After tossing eight innings of scoreless baseball Friday night in Arizona’s (45-41) 5-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies (42-45), it certainly looks like Tyler Skaggs is here to stay with the big league club.
Skaggs (2-1, 3.65 ERA) was called up Friday for his second stint in the majors this season to save a tired pitching staff who had struggled of late. Skaggs responded with his best major league performance to date, going eight shutout innings while striking out five and giving up just three hits before being pulled with 103 pitches.
It seemed to be a near-perfect night for the club as outfielder A.J. Pollock started the night with a leadoff triple, and would score on the ensuing wild pitch. Second baseman Aaron Hill and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt anchored the offense, with each going 2-4 with four RBIs.
Skaggs, who had a rough go of it when called up earlier this year, seemed to have it all figured out, showing why he’s the team’s top prospect. According to manager Kirk Gibson, this change could be attributed to a recent visit Skaggs had from Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers.
“When KT was down in Reno, he talked to him before his game there and he gave him some advice on what we’re looking for,” Gibson said.
Skaggs looks to stay with the club as they are looking to bulk up on arms for their playoff push. Having Skaggs step up the way he has could lead to the Diamondbacks looking to add another infield bat or bullpen arm instead of going all-out for another starting pitcher.
Also, it is safe to say the Skaggs has earned himself another start. If he can maintain his current run, he could earn a spot in the rotation. Beyond rookie pitcher Pat Corbin, no Diamondback starter has been able to pitch consistently with success, meaning any of them could potentially have their rotation job be on the ropes.
When reporters asked about Skaggs’ future with the Diamondbacks, Gibson displays his obvious belief in the youngster the best way he knows how.
“I don’t know, should I send him down?” Gibson said.
NOTE: Skaggs’ next projected start would be against Hyun-Jin Ryu (7-3, 2.82) and the second place Los Angeles Dodgers (41-45).