Rookie Pitchers Big in D-backs Win

Rookie Pitchers Big in D-backs Win

Rookie pitchers Barry Enright and Sam Demel were instrumental in the Arizona Diamondbacks' fifth win in six tries Tuesday night, a 2-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. Enright is on a streak matched by only one other active pitcher and Demel enjoyed a major league first for the second straight night.

Barry Enright made his fifth consecutive quality start, giving up one run and three hits in six innings. He retired 10 in a row before walking Milwaukee's Lorenzo Cain to lead off the sixth inning.  Enright lowered his ERA to 2.64 while becoming the second active pitcher to have given up three runs or fewer in his first eight career starts. The Angels' Jered Weaver did so in his first nine career starts.

"He did his job - six innings, totally controlled the game," praised interim manager Kirk Gibson.

Miguel Montero led off the eighth inning with his fifth home run of the season, Blaine Boyer got the victory with two innings of scoreless relief, and Sam Demel recorded his first major league save one night after he got his first major league victory, both via scoreless ninth innings.

"It's been kind of a whirlwind," Demel said. "It's been nice getting in those situations and coming through."

Demel has shown exceptional control in his first eight weeks with the D-backs. Acquired from Oakland for Conor Jackson on June 15, Demel has permitted only five walks (one intentional) through his first 24 major league innings. Demel, 1-0 with a 4.13 ERA, has issued just one unintentional walk in his last 16 innings.

Chris Young, the first "20-20" man in the major leagues this season, helped win the game with his base running. After doubling with one out in the fifth inning, he stole third, then scored when Justin Upton hit a sacrifice fly. Young, who also stole second base in the third, has 24 stolen bases. He also helped win the first game of the series with his power, homering in the third inning of a 7-4, 10-inning victory Monday.

Snake Bytes

  • The D-backs' pitching staff has a 3.96 ERA over its last 108.2 innings
  • The bullpen has worked seven scoreless innings over the past two nights
  • Kelly Johnson has three hits in the series and is batting .336 since the end of June

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