Kirk Gibson remembers a spring training meeting in which the newly arrived Bronson Arroyo preached to young Diamondbacks pitchers about doing the little things. Fielding your position, holding runners, bunting — hose things win games, Gibson remembers Arroyo saying. Those things keep you around for a long time. Those words came back to Gibson on Wednesday afternoon as he watched Arroyo hustle to cover first to complete a double play, lay down a sac bunt and alertly go from first to third on a wild pitch, setting up what turned out to be an important insurance run in the Diamondbacks' 3-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. "That's why a guy wins," Gibson said. In giving up only one unearned run in 7 1/3 otherwise spotless innings, Arroyo continued to trend in the right direction. The same can be said of his team. The two probably aren't unrelated. "It always comes down to starting pitching," Arroyo said after the Diamondbacks won for the fourth time in six games on this road trip and for the fifth time in seven games overall. "We started off so bad. Those first (24) games, we had three quality starts, and there's no way you can win like that. We're definitely turning the corner. "As a pitching staff, we just didn't give us a chance early on. We feel bad about it. We can't make up the games we lost early on, but if we can try to win every series, as we are the last couple of times out, that's really all you can ask for." Over the past 13 games, Diamondbacks starters have posted a 2.93 ERA while averaging about 6 1/3 innings per start. In the first 24 games, they had a 7.15 ERA and were averaging about five innings.
Diamondbacks win road series against the Brewers
Arizona Republic | May 8