For now, Diamondbacks’ right-hander Chase Anderson can live with the moment.
At this point in the early season, Anderson seems have settled into a nice routine and while he shows no wins for his first three starts, he also displays no signs of being pushed out the rotation, or losing his edge
Sure, wins would be nice, but the end result is that Anderson is pitching well enough to keep the Diamondbacks in any game he’s thrown thus far. All of which could bode well should Anderson continue on his current path.
For his third no-decision in as many starts in 2015, Anderson clearly pitched well enough to win Tuesday night against the Texas Rangers. Leaving after seven solid innings, Rangers proceeded to rough up reliever Daniel Hudson for a four-spot in the eighth, and finished with a 7-1 victory over the Diamondbacks before 18,345 Tuesday night in Chase Field.
After yielding a first inning run, Anderson was in total control, and shut down the Rangers with a nasty sinker that resulted in only two Texas base runners over Anderson’s final six innings of work.
For his three starts, Anderson remains at 0-0, but lowered his ERA from 4.09 at the start of Tuesday’s game to its present 3.00.
Despite no wins in the early going, Anderson did not appear frustrated, but only hopeful and optimistic.
“No, I’m not concerned about the wins,” he said afterward. “I’m only in control of what I can control. It’s also up to the others to do their job.”
In preparing for the Rangers game, Anderson recalled an outing in spring training where Texas “lit me up pretty good.”
This time, Anderson was aware of what transpired back at Salt River in late March.
“(Tuesday night), I had better fast ball command,” he said. “Just want to give us a chance to win. I thought I did my job (Tuesday night), and my 2-seamer was working. I need that pitch to get ground balls.”
Meanwhile, the Rangers managed to get to Hudson for those four in the eighth and broke this one open. Highlight in that frame was a two-run, home run from Prince Fielder, his first of the season. A 2-for-5 night boosted Fielder’s early season batting average to .386 and a team-leading nine RBIs.
If Anderson shut down the Rangers, Texas starter Nick Martinez was equally effective.
After the Diamondbacks tied the game at 1-1 when Nick Ahmed drove in his first run of the season with a second inning ground out, Martinez allowed only two additional hits, and three base runners, until he was lifted after six innings.
With the game still tied at 1-1, the Diamondbacks had an opportunity to gain the lead.
Coming in with runners on first and third and two out in the seventh, Texas reliever Shawn Tolleson struck out Paul Goldschmidt swinging to end the threat.
In the previous inning, the Diamondbacks loaded the bases, but Tuffy Gosewisch’s hard grounder to third was scooped up by Adrian Beltre and turned into an inning-ending force-out.
“That was our shot,” said manager Chip Hale. “(In the last series against the Giants), we were able to get some big hits, but couldn’t get it done this time.”
From Fielder’s two-run blast to power the eighth inning four-spot, the Rangers added a pair in the ninth on a two-run single from Lenoys Martin, and put this one away in a hurry.
The brief two-game set with the Rangers concludes Wednesday night.
That’s when Archie Bradley starts his third game of the season (1-0, 1.42 ERA) and opposes Yovani Gallardo (2-1, 3.45 ERA).
The Pittsburgh Pirates then move in for the weekend.
After an off-day Thursday, the Diamondbacks send right-hander Josh Collmenter (1-2, 3.38 ERA) to the mound against the Bucs’ Gerrit Cole (2-0, 3.18 ERA) Friday night.
On Saturday at 5:10, it’s righty Rubby De La Rosa (2-0, 7.94 ERA) going against righty A. J. Burnett (0-1, 2.00 ERA), and in the Sunday wrap-up date, righty Jeremy Hellickson(1-2, 4.58) takes on lefty Francisco Liriano (0-1, 2.08 ERA, before Tuesday’s start against the Cubs).