Owning the third-worst record in baseball, the Arizona Diamondbacks could use any help they can get. The help acquired yesterday already came through in a big way for them.
With J.J. Putz going on the DL with tightness in his forearm, the Diamondbacks called up Triple-A reliever Evan Marshall to make his Major League debut. Marshall owned a 0.54 ERA in 16.2 innings with the Reno Aces in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, highlighted by the 15.2 innings scoreless streak he had to start the year. The 24 year-old righty out of Kansas State was raking in Triple-A, owning a 0.90 WHIP with 19 strikeouts and just 5 walks.
In his first big league appearance, Marshall was called on for some damage control. With the Brewers already up 5-4 in the 6th inning and starter Josh Collmenter sitting on 99 pitches (thanks in part to four unearned runs), Marshall was brought in to face the always-dangerous Carlos Gomez with two-on and two-out. Marshall induced a second-pitch groundout from Gomez and proceeded to pitch a scoreless 7th (which included 2 strikeouts) before the Diamondbacks scored three times in the top of 8th to take a two-run lead. They would hold on for the final two innings and Evan Marshall would earn his first Major League win in his first career appearance.
With the worst ERA in baseball, there is no doubt that the Diamondbacks would like to see a few of their pitchers step up. Perhaps Evan Marshall is just what the doctor ordered.