They were drained. They were sleep deprived. And they might have even been a little delirious. After a 10-game trip that included an exhaustive four-game series at the Mets which totaled 16 hours and 39 seconds in actual game time and saw them use 24 pitchers, the Diamondbacks were downright beat. But they were home. And home usually makes all the difference. A charged sellout crowd of 45,505 welcomed the Diamondbacks back to Chase Field on Friday night and the home team responded with a 5-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies. Left-hander Tyler Skaggs was dominant in allowing just three hits through eight innings, Paul Goldschmidt and Aaron Hill each drove in a pair of runs, and the Diamondbacks settled comfortably into their nest for the start of a nice long stretch at home. Finally. Friday’s game began a stretch for the Diamondbacks that will see them play 17 of 22 games at Chase Field through the end of July. “I think the numbers will show you that most people play better at home,” manager Kirk Gibson said. “It’s just a more comfortable environment. You understand the facility better. You’ve got your fans — and fans do make a difference.” They certainly seemed to energize the Diamondbacks on this particular night. The stadium was packed in anticipation of a postgame fireworks show and for a series of stirring tributes the franchise delicately planned out to honor the 19 Prescott firefighters who lost their lives battling the Yarnell Hill Fire. “It’s big to the team,” Gibson said before the game. “We do it as a tribute to the families and the people who gave their lives in fighting that fire. … You can’t replace the people that you lose. We want to remember their spirit and to live as though they’re still guiding you.” Called up from Triple-A Reno specifically for this start to replace Trevor Cahill, who went to the disabled list, Skaggs walked one batter and struck out five during his 103-pitch effort. He never allowed a Rockies player to get past first base. “I felt good. My fastball command was good and I was throwing the ball for strikes inside. I felt good out there,” Skaggs said. As happy as the Diamondbacks were about returning home, Hill said, they were at a loss for words concerning the 19 firemen lost from the Granite Mountain hotshot team.
Diamondbacks' Tyler Skaggs tosses gem in win over Rockies 5-0
Arizona Republic | Jul 6