Manager Dave Trembley was satisfied with the performance of the young pitchers who combined to defeat the Tampa Bay Rays, 4-3, this afternoon. Jake Arrieta, Steve Johnson, Pedro Beato and Eddie Gamboa pitched with runners on base all day, but kept the game under control.
"I thought Arrieta in the first inning, the command of his fastball wasn't where it needed to be,'' Trembley said. "It improved. Got better. Showed some good breaking pitches. Was aggressive with his fastball. You've got to like that.
"Johnson gets ahead of the hitters. I'm sure he would like to put it away without running it out to 3-2, but shows a lot of guts...and not giving in. To me that was the turning point in the game when he got the bases loaded with no one out and held them to one run. He really minimized the damage and showed real good pitchability.
"Beato is a guy who I had in the Instructional League a few years ago. He's had some arm surgeries. It was good for him to get out there and pitch. He showed some life down in the strike zone. And Gamboa threw strikes. I don't know how many situations he's been in like that, but he showed poise. It was a nice game for our guys."