Casey Fossum’s nightmarish first season in Arizona is nearly over.
The left-hander will try to post his first win in September and avoid his 15th loss of the year when the league-worst Diamondbacks wrap up a three-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Acquired in the offseason deal that sent right-hander Curt Schilling to Boston, Fossum has failed to live up to expectations. He has managed just four victories in 18 decisions while enduring three winless streaks of at least five games, including a season-high eight-start drought from July 6-Aug. 13.
Fossum is 0-2 in five September starts, but did pitch well his last time out. He allowed just one run and seven hits over six innings, but did not receive a decision in Arizona’s 2-1 loss at Colorado on Thursday.
“I felt like I had some pretty good velocity today,” said Fossum, who struck out a season-high nine and walked three. “It’s my first time pitching in Colorado so I didn’t know what to expect with my breaking ball. Basically, what I did I just changed speed on it.”
The Diamondbacks have scored a total of three runs in Fossum’s last three starts.
Arizona didn’t have much trouble with its offense on Tuesday as Alan Zinter’s two-run homer in the bottom of the 11th lifted the Diamondbacks to a wild 9-8 victory.
Arizona has won two straight from Milwaukee after losing six in a row.