Coming off perhaps the best start of his young career, Brad Halsey looks to continue his solid effort and help the Arizona Diamondbacks regain first-place in the NL West when they continue a three-game set against the visiting San Diego Padres.
The 24-year-old left-hander gave up a lone run in seven innings and beat out seven-time CY Young Award winner Roger Clemens in a 6-1 win over the Astros on Thursday. He allowed six hits and walked no one as he pitched in front of his hometown.
“It’s a great feeling to pitch here and get the win,” said Halsey, who retired his first 10 batters. “I was an Astros fan growing up. They were my team. Obviously I’m a D-backs fan first now.”
Halsey bounced back nicely from consecutive losses to post his third win this season.
“For a young kid who looks like he’s 15 and doesn’t show any outward emotion, that was an impressive game,” Arizona manager Bob Melvin said. “He shows no emotion, he just comes after you.”
The Diamondbacks will try to rebound from a 9-5 loss on Tuesday as Arizona fell a half-game behind San Diego for first place in the division.
Craig Counsell hit a two-run homer for the Diamondbacks, who lost for just the fourth time in 13 games. Counsell has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games, batting .409 (18-for-44).