Diamondbacks' Cahill makes positive strides
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MLB Team Report - Arizona Diamondbacks - INSIDE PITCH
Kirk Gibson said the adjustments right hander Trevor Cahill's made at Triple-A Reno are paying off.
"He's been more consistent in his delivery," Gibson said. "With guys on base, starting with his hands higher. He's keeping them up so he's shorter. They were lower before. These are the adjustments you need to make. You can see his stuff. It's good."
On Tuesday night, Cahill, making just his third start since his return to the majors, allowed three runs on seven hits in innings during a 3-0 loss to the Cincinnati Reds.
Most notably, Cahill overcame a rough start and retired 11 straight in one stretch. He did not walk a batter for the second straight start, though he is 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA after his recall.
"It was a positive," Gibson said before the Diamondbacks' 5-4 win over the Reds on Wednesday. "It was a little better. He was able to locate a little bit better. He just needs to gain some confidence. He pitched well. We need to get a win for him, but we got shut out."
Cahill's record, 1-8, isn't indicative of how well he has thrown in spots this season, but according to the manager, the jury is out on the 26-year old.
"Stay tuned," Gibson said.
MLB Team Report - Arizona Diamondbacks - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Won one
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--3B Eric Chavez, on the Diamondbacks' disabled list since June 9 due to a sprained left knee, announced his retirement Wednesday after a 17-year major league career. Chavez, 36, won American League Gold Gloves every year from 2001 to 2006 while with the Athletics. He also captured a Silver Slugger award in 2002, when he hit a career-high 34 homers and drove in 109 runs. After 13 years in Oakland, Chavez played for the Yankees in 2011 and 2012, then for the Diamondbacks the past two seasons. He landed on the disabled list June 9 due to a sprained left knee, and he never returned to action. He hit .246 with three homers and eight RBIs in 69 at-bats this year.
--RHP Bo Schultz got good reports from Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson after tossing two scoreless innings and striking out two on Tuesday. Schultz was 8-7 with a 5.75 in 21 starts at Triple-A Reno before being recalled prior to Tuesday's game. "His arm was very live last night," Gibson said Wednesday. "(Catcher Miguel Montero) liked what he saw. He was hitting the glove pretty good."
--RHP Trevor Cahill impressed manager Kirk Gibson during his six-inning, three-run performance Tuesday night. "It was a positive," said Gibson. "He was able to locate a little bit better. He just needs to gain some confidence. He pitched well. We need to get a win for him, but we got shut out." While at Triple-A, Cahill made some adjustments with his delivery that are allowing him to become more consistent. He retired 11 in a row in one stretch Tuesday, and he didn't walk a batter for the second consecutive start.
--LHP Wade Miley pitched in and out of trouble through most of Wednesday's game, but he was able to keep the Reds' struggling offense at bay, allowing no runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings. Miley walked four and struck out one over 99 pitches. "He fights himself when he doesn't have to," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "We're working on that. He managed it pretty well today. We played pretty well behind him."
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