Righty tosses seven scoreless innings, earns win vs. the Reds
By Jake Rill
PHOENIX -- Before D-backs starter Chase Anderson went on the disabled list with right triceps inflammation, he was insistent that he was feeling fine physically.
But after spending a few weeks on the DL, giving his arm the opportunity to rest, and getting rid of that inflammation, Anderson was feeling even better. He showed that in his return to the mound on Friday night against the Reds, as the D-backs' right-hander tossed seven scoreless innings and led his club to a 2-0 win at Chase Field.
"Just having some time off, my arm feels good. I was able to locate the fastball early on," Anderson said. "It makes the changeup and the curveball that much better. My curveball actually felt really good tonight, probably the best it has all year."
Early on in the season, Anderson was one of the best starters in the D-backs' rotation and consistently provided solid outings. But in the five starts before he went on the DL, Anderson was 1-3 with a 9.12 ERA, surrendering nine home runs.
Anderson hadn't pitched since allowing seven runs in 3 2/3 innings to the Giants on July 18.
He allowed just four hits to the Reds, matched a season high with seven strikeouts, and allowed more than one runner to reach base in just one inning.
"He did a great job," D-backs manager Chip Hale said. "He felt really good about his arm, so he showed it."
Anderson also had increased velocity on his fastball since the last time he had taken the mound, consistently throwing around 94 mph. That helped set up his breaking ball, which he used efficiently as a swing-and-miss pitch.
"My arm feels good, I'm healthy and that's the main key," Anderson said. "I don't try to throw too hard, I just try to locate."
It was the second time in his career that Anderson pitched seven scoreless innings. He also did it on June 12 against the Giants. Anderson also became the sixth D-backs starter, and first since Randy Johnson in 2008, to record seven or more scoreless innings throwing 87 pitches or less.
Hale said after the game that they wanted to keep Anderson under 95 pitches, but that he'll have no pitch count restriction his next time out. Anderson said he felt a bit winded after completing the seventh inning, but that he did feel improved as a whole.
"Overall, I felt really good and just pleased to get back out there and compete and help this team win games," Anderson said.
Jake Rill is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.