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Dose of Venom: Anderson continues to roll, D-backs take opener from Rockies

Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Chase Anderson throws in the first inning during a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

PHOENIX -- On an evening in which the Arizona Diamondbacks commemorated the past with their annual 1980s Night, the organization also got a pretty decent glimpse at its future.

In particular, right-hander Chase Anderson.

Making his 14th start at the big league level, the 26-year-old breezed through six innings of one-run baseball.

Anderson allowed two hits to both Michael McKenry, including a solo home run in the fifth, and Justin Morneau, but that was it for the stingy rookie. In fact outside of McKenry, only one other runner reached second base during the former Oklahoma standout's stint on the mound.

Showing good command with his breaking ball and changeup Anderson also struck out six in the National League West affair, including two-time All-Star Carlos Gonzalez on three occasions.

"Yeah, he threw well," D-backs skipper Kirk Gibson said. "His pitch count got kind of high for six innings. But he's kind of been on a roll. He's had five or six games in a row where he's thrown pretty good. He's made good pitches when he's had to. He's throwing all of his pitches.

"He got jammed there in that at-bat [in the second inning]. He went out there [that next inning], and I didn't think he was going to be able to throw a breaking ball. He then went out there and threw some really good breaking balls in that inning. That was good."

Former first-round pick Tyler Matzek (three earned runs in five innings) did his best to match Anderson pitch-for-pitch, but an early three-run home run proved to be his and the Rockies' downfall.

Backed by a bit of timely offense and Anderson's fifth consecutive quality start, Arizona hung on for a 5-3 victory in the series opener.

With the win, the D-backs improved to 5-0 in their last five games against the Rockies.

"It's huge [to get the win after being swept], especially to get the team off on the right foot," Anderson said. "I'm just going out there and doing my job, get the team deep in the game and let the hitters take care of the rest."

The Good:

Anderson wasn't the only rookie who enjoy the limelight Friday. Outfielder David Peralta collected his 24th multi-hit performance since being called up June 2 with a first-inning double and an RBI triple in the seventh.

Peralta finished his superb night off in style, stealing home plate for Arizona's fifth run on McKenry's return throw to left-handed reliever Rex Brothers.

"We talked about it before," said Gibson. "We know [McKenry] walks it back like that. I think Penny was encouraging [Peralta] a little bit and with two outs it was worth a try. He executed it perfectly."

Miguel Montero continued his assault on Rockies pitching in the first. With two runners and two outs, Montero laced Matzek's first pitch curveball over the right field wall for a no-doubt, three-run shot -- his first since June 28.

In 10 games against Colorado this season, Montero has four home runs and 13 RBI.

The Bad:

Arizona had a golden opportunity to blow the game wide open in the fifth but somehow managed to squander the chance.

After Cliff Pennington opened the frame with a line out to second, Matzek proceeded to walk David Peralta, Mark Trumbo and Montero in order. But the threat would be short-lived as Jordan Pacheco ended half inning by grounding into a very odd 6-5-3 double play.

On Matzek's 1-0 offering, Pacheco punched the ball to the left side of the infield but thinking it hit off his left shin before entering the field of play, Pacheco failed to run out of the box. His dribbler was retrieved by shortstop Josh Rutledge, who quickly tossed it to third for a force. From there, third baseman Nolan Arenado concluded the inning with a simple throw over to first.

The play was deemed not reviewable.

"I thought I saw it hit his leg," said Gibson. "He certainly knew it did. He felt it. But they just didn't see it."

Closer Addison Reed struggled to finish off the ninth in a non-save situation.

Reed allowed two runs on four hits -- three singles and a triple -- before retiring Charlie Blackmon on strikes to end the ballgame.

Stat of the Game:

11: In 11 of his 14 starts since being his debut on May 11, Anderson has allowed two runs or less. In that same span, only 16 other NL pitchers have 10 or more such outings.

Anderson is the only rookie among the 17 pitchers.

He Said It:

"I would say I am looking for a little bit more economy. Just because you like to get deep in the game. Maybe in the seventh or eighth inning I have 90 or 95 pitches instead of 100 in six innings. It's just something I have to work on and get better at." -- Anderson on being more efficient on the mound


• Peralta became the sixth D-back to steal home in team history. The last occurrence came back on Aug. 19, 2007 by Chris Young in Atlanta.

• Pacheco made his first start at second base since 2011 in the win -- and it just so happened to come against his former team. Pacheco played parts of four big league seasons with Colorado from 2011-14 before being designated for assignment back in June.

"Even though I know those guys really well, I want to beat every single one of them," said Pecheco. "And I know that's the same for them. We can smile and laugh all we want, but as soon as we get between the lines I know how competitive they are. That's what got them to where they're at."

• In addition to calling up veteran outfielder Xavier Paul from Triple-A Reno Friday, Arizona promoted left-hander Andrew Chafin. The former supplemental first-round pick made 23 starts this season with Double-A Mobile and Reno but will begin his big league career out of the bullpen -- something he hasn't done since pitching for High-A Visalia in 2012.

"I just have to get up quickly," Chafin said on the biggest challenge of moving to the bullpen. "I'm used to having as much time as I need to get loose. Now it's going to be, 'Hey you're going to be coming in in 10 minutes.' Hopefully I can just go out there, do whatever I can to get loose and go pitch in the game."

• Mark Trumbo reached base for the eighth consecutive game with his two-out single to left in the bottom of the third.

• Oliver Perez struck out two during his relief appearance in the seventh. Perez has held the opposing team scoreless in 17 of his last 18 outings.

Up Next:

Trevor Cahill (1-8, 5.12 ERA) will look to build on his most impressive performance of the season. In Sunday's 3-2 extra-inning victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates, Cahill lasted seven innings, allowing one run while striking out seven.

He'll be opposed by left-hander Jorge De La Rosa (11-7, 4.27 ERA). The 33-year-old's lone outing against Arizona came April 5. He did not factor in the final decision but allowed three earned runs in 4.1 innings of work.

First pitch is scheduled for 5:10 p.m. and can be heard on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.

About the Author

School: USC

Started with Bonneville Phoenix: September 2012

Favorite Sports Memory: Going to Game 7 of the 2001 World Series

Favorite all-time athlete: A.C. Green

Favorite sports movies: Field of Dreams, The Scout and Remember the Titans


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