Shipley's milestone a pick-me-up for D-backs

Rookie's first big league win helps club feel better about road trip

Shipley's milestone a pick-me-up for D-backs

LOS ANGELES -- After their 4-2 win over the Dodgers on Saturday night, there was music in the D-backs' clubhouse, a celebratory shower for a rookie and some much-needed positive feelings on what has been a frustrating road trip.

They had right-hander Braden Shipley to thank for that.

In just his second big league start, Shipley tossed six shutout innings allowing five hits and a walk, while striking out four.

Shipley's father on his son

Shipley made his Major League debut Monday in Milwaukee and allowed six runs over 5 1/3 innings, though in fairness three of the runs came via a homer on the final batter he faced.

"Just sticking with my plan, staying down in the zone using my sinker effectively," Shipley said. "That's kind of what I knew I had to do coming into tonight, was just be able to work down in the zone and mix pitches and use the sinker."

Maybe it was the extra adrenaline of his debut, but in that game Shipley's changeup was faster than usual, and without a tremendous difference between the speed of it and his fastball, it was not as effective.

Saturday, that was not a problem.

"I felt like my changeup was more effective tonight," Shipley said. "Definitely the velocity on it was down tonight, which helps, it has a little bit more movement on it. I was actually able to not be so fine with it tonight and could pitch with it middle of the zone and let it work down and I got a couple of key ground balls with it."

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.