J.J. Putz is a key reason the Diamondbacks' confidence has been building in recent days. He closed down the Minnesota Twins on Sunday, getting his 12th consecutive save, helping the Diamondbacks win for the sixth consecutive time. "It's all about making good pitches, been able to get ahead, pretty much as a staff, too," he said. "This whole homestand with starting pitching, they set the tone for everything. They get us in position to score some runs and let the bullpen come in and finish things off." Asked if he could feel the confidence building, he said, "Can you? I know I can. I think everybody's playing really well. "We're doing little things, we're getting guys over, driving in runs with two outs, and we're making good pitches. So hopefully we can keep this thing rolling." Manager Kirk Gibson was impressed both with Putz's pitching and fielding, as he gloved two hard-hit ground balls that could have gone up the middle for hits to start the inning. He retired Rene Rivera on a fly ball to center fielder Chris Young to end the game. "He knows what he's doing," Gibson said. "He's got good experience, he's throwing the ball well, putting his pitches where he wants to."
Closer J.J. Putz key to Arizona Diamondbacks' confidence
Arizona Republic | May 23