Since winning his big league debut last June, Arizona’s Edgar Gonzalez hasn’t had much luck in the majors. Then again, he hasn’t pitched very well either.
The 21-year-old right-hander will take another shot at his first win of the season when the Diamondbacks continue a three-game series with the New York Mets at Shea Stadium.
Gonzalez—recalled from the minors on June 1, 2003, to pitch against San Diego—made a strong first impression. He allowed three runs and 10 hits over 5 2-3 innings to pick up his first career win a 10-4 victory over the Padres. However, he lost his next start five days later, was sent down on June 8, and worked strictly out of the Arizona bullpen as a September callup.
He has lost all five of his starts for the Diamondbacks this year, and failed to pitch five innings before going six in last Saturday’s 6-2 loss to Atlanta. Gonzalez allowed three runs and six hits, striking out five and walking five to remain winless.
“We felt real good in what we saw from Edgar,” Arizona manager Al Pedrique said. “He threw the ball a lot better, and he had better poise.”
Gonzalez, still considered a strong contender for a spot in Arizona’s rotation next year, had surrendered at least six runs in each of his previous four starts.
“He battled. He didn’t stop going after the hitter,” Diamondbacks pitching coach Mark Davis said. “His mechanics … he got under some balls again, but what he did was, he made some quality pitches down in the zone and was trying to make adjustments. He changed speeds well, too.
“When he gets to the point where he really wants to throw the ball hard or really wants to throw a guy out, he gets a little forward too early, which causes him to leave his arm behind. He’s more aware of it, because we’re working on it.”
The Diamondbacks dropped Friday’s series opener 10-6 for their eighth straight loss and 82nd this season, guaranteeing them a sub-.500 season.