Diamondbacks 1, Marlins 0
It took nine starts, but Brandon McCarthy finally got his first
win with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
McCarthy pitched a three-hitter for his first win since being
struck in the head by a line drive last season, helping the Arizona
Diamondbacks beat the Miami Marlins 1-0 on Saturday night.
”He just got on a roll and we left him in there,” Arizona
manager Kirk Gibson said. ”He did it quickly, that was the best
sign of all.”
Gerardo Parra led off the game with a home run for Arizona,
which has won four in a row while dealing the Marlins a season-long
seven-game losing streak.
”It was a good baseball game,” Marlins manager Mike Redmond
said. ”The outcome wasn’t good for us but it was a good game. I
thought guys were aggressive. We got good pitches to hit, but we
can’t get out of the other end of these tight games.”
McCarthy (1-3) struck out five and walked two while throwing 68
of 99 pitches for strikes in his third career shutout, first since
Sept. 3, 2011, against Seattle.
”It’s something that I want to do and be able to follow through
on,” said McCarthy of his seventh career complete game.
McCarthy was hit in the head by an Erick Aybar line drive on
Sept 5. 2012, against the Angels while with Oakland. He suffered a
skull fracture and underwent surgery to end his season.
He signed a two-year deal with Arizona in December and went
without a win in his first eight starts with his new club.
”The win part, I don’t care, like I said last week, it’s a win
for us, which is the only thing I care about,” McCarthy said. ”My
numbers and stats are really inconsequential. It’s nice that we
were able to get it and it was nice that I was a big part of that,
but that’s how I look at it.”
Last Sunday, McCarthy was pulled after eight scoreless innings
and 88 pitches, and Arizona’s relievers blew a late lead during a
4-2 loss in 10 innings to the Philadelphia Phillies.
Parra’s home run to right-center field came on the first pitch
from Tom Koehler (0-2) on Saturday. It was Parra’s third career
leadoff home run and it came on the advice of batting coach Don
”I talked to him before the game and he said, `Just swing first
pitch’ and he was right,” Parra said. ”He’s got more experience
It was the first time since Sept. 14, 1993, in which a game
featured a leadoff home run on the first pitch of the game and that
was the only run scored, according to the Elias Sports Bureau when
Carlos Garcia accomplished the feat for the Pirates against the
”You’re just trying to throw a first-pitch strike, but I don’t
think you could have put it on a tee any better,” Koehler said.
”He swings first pitch and he got exactly what he was looking for.
And he took care of it.”
Miami had a chance to tie the game in the bottom of the first on
Chris Coghlan’s single to right, but Parra threw out Derek Dietrich
at the plate to end the inning.
”The throw there, we’ve seen it a lot,” Gibson said. ”It’s
unreal how good he is and how accurate and strong his arm is. It
was a big play for us.”
McCarthy retired the next 14 batters he faced until Adeiny
Hechavarria singled in the sixth. Hechavarria advanced to second on
a passed ball, but McCarthy struck out Dietrich to end the
”From about the second inning on I was kind of able to get back
to (a focus point) and at least repeat my delivery, make some
pitches, and turn the game over to my favor instead of the first
where everything was a little too optimal and too hittable,”
The Marlins had another scoring opportunity in the seventh after
a balk by McCarthy advanced Marcell Ozuna to second, but Placido
Polanco lined out to end the threat.
McCarthy retired the final nine batters to complete a 2-hour,
Koehler, making his third career start, limited the Diamondbacks
to one run and three hits over six innings. He struck out seven and
Ryan Webb pitched 1 1-3 scoreless innings in relief to extend
his scoreless streak to 16 2-3 innings for Miami.
Notes: McCarthy has walked three batters or fewer in 68 straight
starts, the third-longest active streak in baseball. …
Diamondbacks 1B Paul Goldschmidt went 1 for 4 and is hitting .426
(23 for 54) with seven home runs and 17 RBIs in May. … Marlins 1B
Logan Morrison (knee) will begin a rehab assignment on Monday with
Class A Jupiter. … Arizona LHP Wade Miley (3-2, 3.75 ERA) will
take the mound in Sunday’s series finale against Marlins RHP Ricky
Nolasco (2-5, 4.39 ERA).