INF Daniel Descalso shuts down Cubs after D-backs’ pitchers can’t
Not much went right for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.
And when the 16-4 loss was nearly settled, infielder Daniel Descalso took the mound to shut down the hot Chicago Cubs bats that his teammates could not.
At the end of his second career pitching performance, Descalso did just that. He threw 14 pitches, earned three outs and was the only one of five D-backs pitchers not to put a player on base.
The utility man went a full inning, getting Javier Baez, Ian Happ and Kyle Schwarber to fly out during the eighth inning.
“I walked up to him and asked him if he’s pitched before,” D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. “He said he’s done it, he’s comfortable doing it and he knows how to do it without getting hurt. That’s the most important thing.”
The fastballs sat from 74-79 mph, while he threw one change-of-speed pitch at 63 mph. Nine of his pitches were for strikes.
Descalso is the sixth position player to pitch for the D-backs, joining Josh Wilson (2009), Jeff Cirillo (2007), Augie Ojeda (2007), Mark Grace (2002) and Steve Finley (2001).
For his career, Descalso has now pitched 1.1 innings without putting a runner on base. Prior, he earned one out on May 12, 2014, for the St. Louis Cardinals in a 17-5 loss to the Cubs.
As for the rest of the Diamondbacks pitchers Tuesday night, it wasn’t good. Starter Patrick Corbin allowed seven earned runs and 10 hits, including three homers, with a walk and three strikeouts in just 3.0 frames. Reliever T.J. McFarland followed with 2.1 innings pitched and five hits, two walks and six earned runs against him.
Two of the three D-back fielding errors tacked on an unearned run to each of Corbin and McFarland.
Following those two, Jorge De La Rosa allowed a hit and walk in 0.2 innings, and Rubby De La Rosa went a full frame and allowed a solo home run before Descalso took the mound.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.