The youngest player in the majors, the 20-year-old Gonzalez will make the second start of his career when the Arizona Diamondbacks open a three-game interleague series against the Cleveland Indians at Bank One Ballpark.
On Sunday, the rookie right-hander allowed three runs and 10 hits through 5 2-3 innings of 10-4 win over the San Diego Padres.
“I was impressed with Edgar,” Diamondbacks Bob Brenly said. “His stuff is really good. He’s sneaky quick with his fastball. His fastball seems to jump on the hitters. He was a little inconsistent with his breaking ball.”
“I just needed to settled down and just pitch my game,” he said through an interpreter on Sunday. “I got my baptism early in the big leagues.”
He’ll now look for an even better performance against the Indians, who opened interleague play by dropping three straight against the Colorado Rockies. Cleveland managed just 21 hits in the three games at hitter-friendly Coors Field.
“Our guys didn’t do a very good job offensively here these three days,” Indians manager Eric Wedge said after Thursday’s 7-4 loss. “I think that we got away from some of the things that were helping us be successful here of late. Swings were a little bit big, a little bit too aggressive early in counts.”
The Diamondbacks were denied their first series sweep of the season on Thursday, falling to the Chicago White Sox 3-2 in 10 innings. They had won four of their previous five.
STANDINGS: Indians - 4th place, 10 GB, AL Central. Diamondbacks - 4th place, 8 1/2 GB, NL West.
INDIANS PROBABLE STARTER: Jason Davis (4-4, 5.46 ERA). The Indians have won each of the last four games Davis has started, but he has earned the victory in just two of those games. On Sunday, he allowed three runs and six hits over seven innings, but he did not get the decision in Cleveland’s 5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox. The rookie right-hander has never faced the Diamondbacks.
DIAMONDBACKS PROBABLE STARTER: Gonzalez (1-0, 4.76 ERA). Gonzalez struck out four and walked three in Sunday’s win over the Padres.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Indians - Milton Bradley, .339 avg.; Matt Lawton, 7 HRs; Ellis Burks, 27 RBIs; Omar Vizquel, 36 runs and 6 SBs. Diamondbacks - Luis Gonzalez, .297 avg., 12 HRs, 38 RBIs and 35 runs; Craig Counsell and Tony Womack, 5 SBs.
INTERLEAGUE RECORDS: Indians - 0-3. Diamondbacks - 2-1.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Indians - 2B Brandon Phillips is hitless in his last 28 at-bats. … INF Ricky Gutierrez, who had neck surgery last fall, went 1-for-3 Thursday in his first start during a rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A Buffalo. … CF Bradley has reached base in 43 of the 44 games he’s played this season. Diamondbacks - Brenly said OF David Dellucci, who got a concussion and sore back from a collision with SS Alex Cintron on Sunday, has improved enough to be available as a pinch-hitter. … CF Steve Finley sat out Thursday after feeling a cramp in his right hamstring the night before. … RF Danny Bautista is 1-for-12 in his last three games.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Indians - 9-21 on the road; Diamondbacks - 16-17 at home.
INJURIES: Indians - OF Karim Garcia (wrist), 15-day DL; RHP Dave Elder (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Jason Bere (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Bob Wickman (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Mark Wohlers (elbow), 60-day DL; INF Ricky Gutierrez (neck), 60-day DL. Diamondbacks - LHP Randy Johnson (knee), 15-day DL; RHP Mike Koplove (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Matt Mantei (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Curt Schilling (hand), 15-day DL; RHP Brandon Webb (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Bret Prinz (groin), 60-day DL; INF Craig Counsell (thumb), 60-day DL.