MILWAUKEE — The offseason signing of free agent starter Bronson Arroyo is
paying off for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The 15-year veteran has been mentoring young teammates since spring training.
And after a rough patch on the mound in April, he’s off to a splendid start
himself in May.
Arroyo kept the Milwaukee Brewers at bay with off-speed stuff, allowing an
unearned run and five hits in 7 1-3 innings, to lead Arizona over the Milwaukee
Brewers 3-2 Wednesday.
Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run homer for the second straight game for the
Diamondbacks, who have won five of seven after starting the season 8-22.
Arroyo (3-2) has been one of the sparks, going 2-0 with an 0.87 ERA in his last
“He’s throwing the ball good. He’s been trending in this direction and in
total command today,” manager Kirk Gibson said.
Wily Peralta (4-2) allowed 11 hits, tying his career high, and two runs in six
innings. The right-hander had trouble all afternoon locating his pitches,
including a fastball that can reach 96 mph.
Arroyo doesn’t throw nearly that hard, but he was even more effective against
the free-swinging Brewers.
“It’s hard as a hitter to go up that way. You think you get a fastball and
then you sit off-speed,” manager Ron Roenicke said. “The more swingers you
have in your lineup, the more you’ll have trouble with him.”
Arizona stranded 13 runners, including leaving men at third three times through
The right-handed Arroyo made up for Arizona’s shortcomings at the plate with
his outing on the mound. He made Jonathan Lucroy flail on an 86 mph sinker to
start the seventh with a strikeout, and ended the inning by striking out Mark
Reynolds on a slider.
It’s a far cry from a few weeks ago when Arroyo didn’t make it out of the fifth
and allowed a combined 18 hits and 14 runs in back-to-back outings against the
Mets and Cubs. He’s backing up his encouraging words to teammates with solid
“You try to do all the little things and field your position,” Arroyo said in
recounting talks to younger players. “All those types of things matter.
Especially for a guy like me, I’m not overpowering so I have to take everything
Addison Reed got his 10th save in 11 chances despite giving up a run in the
ninth when Scooter Gennett doubled down the left-field line and scored two
batters later on Lyle Overbay’s sacrifice fly.
Reed struck out Reynolds swinging on a high fastball to end the game.
The Brewers are now 2-6 after opening with a big league-best 20-7 record. With
third-place hitter Ryan Braun out with an oblique injury and cleanup hitter
Aramis Ramirez slumping badly, the offense has been choppy _ leaving less margin
for error for a pitching staff off to a strong start overall.
“I know the lineup’s not the same, but we still have enough guys in there that
I think we should be scoring some runs,” Roenicke said. “We’ll get it going,
we’ll figure it out.”
Arizona escaped a jam in the eighth after the Brewers put two on with one out.
Pinch-hitter Rickie Weeks then lined a single off reliever Brad Ziegler that
loaded the bases for Carlos Gomez — who hit the next pitch sharply into an
inning-ending 6-4-3 double play that elicited groans from hometown fans.
Arizona is finding its way on the road. Goldschmidt hit an 0-1 pitch for his
seventh homer of the year after Martin Prado led off the third with a single.
“This whole road trip I think our bats are getting better. We’re starting to
drive the ball a little bit,” Gibson said. “We’re starting to get better.”
NOTES: Arroyo is among eight active pitchers to have appeared in a game at
Milwaukee’s old home, County Stadium. Miller Park opened in 2001. … 3B Ramirez
got a day off. The veteran is hitting .089 (5 for 35) since April 17. … Both
teams get a day off Thursday. Brandon McCarthy (1-5) starts for the Diamondbacks
on Friday when they open a three-game interleague series in Chicago against the
White Sox. Brewers ace Yovani Gallardo (2-1) opens a three-game series against
the visiting New York Yankees.