Josh Collmenter started on Opening Day this season, but the Diamondbacks announced after Friday’s game that he’s headed to the bullpen.
Collmenter had a 3.46 ERA in 28 starts and five relief appearances last season, but he has struggled to the tune of a 5.24 ERA over 12 starts this year. His velocity, which has never been a strength to begin with, is down a tick from where it was last year and he has already allowed 10 home runs in just 68 2/3 innings.
According to Zach Buchanan of the Arizona Republic, Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said that he thinks a break could be beneficial for Collmenter:
“We think Josh can be successful as a starter,” Hale said. “So maybe going back and doing this and giving him a little break (will help him) get his good stuff back and a spot will open up and he’ll get a chance.”
The Diamondbacks are calling up right-hander Allen Webster to take Collmenter’s spot in the rotation Saturday against the Giants. Acquired from the Red Sox in the Wade Miley deal over the winter, the 25-year-old got a late start on the season due to shoulder fatigue and has a 9.00 ERA and 24/12 K/BB ratio in 23 innings over five starts with Triple-A Reno.
Make that nine wins in a row for the Blue Jays, who put together a huge comeback in a 13-10 victory over the Red Sox last night at Fenway Park.
The Red Sox jumped all over Drew Hutchison early, so they had an 8-1 lead in the third inning, but the Blue Jays scored three runs off Joe Kelly in the fifth inning before this happened in the seventh. Warning: This image contains graphic material that some may find offensive:
Yikes. The first nine hitters all reached base in the seventh and all of them eventually came around to score. The big blow was a go-ahead bases-clearing triple off the bat of Russell Martin, but Justin Smoak followed with a two-run home run.
The Red Sox threatened in the eighth and ninth, but the Blue Jays hung on and Brett Cecil got his first save since May 4. Not only was it Cecil’s first save since May 4, but it was Toronto’s first, as well. That means the team went 34 games without a save. According to Jayson Stark of ESPN, that’s the longest streak since the Orioles went 36 games without a save in 2002.
With nine straight wins, the Blue Jays sit at 32-30 on the year, just two games back of the Yankees in the American League East. As for the Red Sox, the ugliness continues. They have lost four straight to fall to 27-35. Only the Athletics have a worse record in the American League.
Your Friday box scores and AP recaps:
Reds 5, Cubs 4 (11 innings)
Yankees 3, Orioles 11
Indians 0, Tigers 4
Braves 3, Mets 5
Blue Jays 13, Red Sox 10
Phillies 0, Pirates 1 (13 innings)
White Sox 5, Rays 7
Rockies 1, Marlins 5
Twins 2, Rangers 6
Nationals 4, Brewers 8
Royals 0, Cardinals 4
Mariners 0, Astros 10
Dodgers 4, Padres 3
Athletics 4, Angels 5
Diamondbacks 1, Giants 0
Hours after being brought back from the minors, Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett ended up getting the go-ahead hit last night in a 6-5 win over the Nationals at Miller Park in Milwaukee.
The Nationals actually grabbed an early 5-1 lead on Matt Garza, but the Brewers chipped away against Tanner Roark with two runs in the fourth inning and one in the fifth before Gerardo Parra hit a game-tying solo home run in the seventh. Gennett, who was demoted to Triple-A Colorado Springs last month after batting .154 with a .403 OPS over his first 21 games this season, then hit a go-ahead single off Aaron Barrett in the the eighth before Francisco Rodriguez notched the save.
Everybody keeps waiting for the Nationals to run away and hide in the National League East. While it could still happen, they haven’t lived up to expectations yet. The Nationals have lost 10 out of their last 13 games and currently sit at 31-29 on the year. That puts them a half-game behind the Mets for first place in the National League East. By the way, all five teams in the National League East have a negative run differential. This has been quite the underwhelming lot thus far.
Your Thursday box scores and AP recaps:
Mariners 0, Indians 6
Padres 6, Braves 4 (11 innings)
Rangers 0, Athletics 7
Giants 4, Mets 5
Rockies 0, Marlins 6
Red Sox 5, Orioles 6
Angels 6, Rays 2
Reds 3, Cubs 6
Nationals 5, Brewers 6