Mulholland Waits; Gonzalez Walks

Mulholland Waits; Gonzalez Walks

The only lefty in the pen is not really in the pen...when might he be back? Medders looking for the right space; Gonzo walking toward history; Ortiz to the pen, who might be taking his place?

  It could be another couple of weeks before the Diamondbacks get left-hander
Terry Mulholland -- their only southpaw on the staff -- back from the disabled
list. But not having a lefty hasn't hurt the bullpen, especially late in games.
   Set-up men Brandon Lyon and Luis Vizcaino have been particularly sharp
against left-handed hitters. Lyon has faced 12 of them to date and hasn't
allowed a hit. Vizcaino has faced 14 left-handed hitters and allowed only one
   "They're right-handed, but they're kind of our left-handers," manager Bob
Melvin said. "That's how we look at it. Not only are they our seventh and eighth
inning guys, but we profile how matchups are best suited for each one of them.
   "Both of them have been great about getting left-handers out, knock on wood."
   Another right-hander, Brandon Medders, was expected to be the prime set-up
man to closer Jose Valverde, but he has an 8.31 ERA after five appearances and
Melvin doesn't think he has settled in after missing all of spring training with
a muscle group strain in his right back.
   "If I have to throw earlier in games, that's fine," Medders said. "It's a
long season and there are going to be times when Lyon and Luis are going to need
to be picked up. But right now, when they come in, it's like 'game over.'"
  REPLAY: Miguel Batista couldn't continue the modest, three-game trend set by
Arizona's starting rotation, getting tagged for six runs and 10 hits by the
Giants in a 10-2 loss Friday night at AT&T Park. Prior to the game, Diamondbacks
starters had allowed just two earned runs in 26 innings during a three-game
sweep of the Padres.
   Batista got into trouble in the third inning, when the Giants loaded the
bases and Barry Bonds cleared them with a three-run double, tying him with Babe
Ruth for third place on the all-time list for extra base hits (1,356).
   Manager Bob Melvin walked Bonds in the ninth with a runner on second and one
out and the Giants holding a five-run lead. Moises Alou followed with a three
run homer to make it 10-2. Said Melvin, "It's pick your poison."
   --LF Luis Gonzalez drew the 1,000th walk of his career on Friday when the
Giants' Jason Schmidt walked him in the third inning.
   --Manager Bob Melvin, a teammate of Steve Howe with the Yankees in 1994, on
the death of the left-handed reliever on Friday in Coachella, Calif.: "You know,
'Howeser' had some issues and everybody knows about those, but not everybody who
hasn't played with him knows what kind of a teammate he was. You talk to people
who played with him and they're very fond of Steve Howe and how he handled
himself in the bullpen and how'd he talk to the younger players. All the things
you heard about Steve were the drug issues, but there was a great teammate
there, as well."
   --LHP Terry Mulholland (elbow inflammation) will throw off the mound on
Monday in Phoenix and then will probably begin a short rehab assignment in the
minor leagues before being activated.
   --RHP Russ Ortiz, who lost his spot in the starting rotation earlier this
week, will be used primarily out of the bullpen in games when the Diamondbacks
are getting beaten handedly. Manager Bob Melvin said he doesn't want to put any
more pressure on the struggling pitcher until he's had some positive innings
under his belt.
   --RHP Orlando Hernandez has a three-game hitting streak after being 2-for-22
in his career at the plate.
   BY THE NUMBERS: 1,000 -- The number of walks Luis Gonzalez has drawn in his
   QUOTE TO NOTE: "Jason Schmidt just has our number. He's one of the best
pitchers in the league and he's just dominating against us." -- Arizona OF Luis
Gonzalez, on the Giants right-hander. Recommended Stories

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