--RHP Josh Collmenter is expected to throw about 75 pitches in his first major league start Saturday against the Dodgers, according to pitching coach Charlie Nagy. "We don't want to overextend him," Nagy said. Collmenter had been a starter all the way up the Diamondbacks chain, and he made one start at Class AAA Reno on April 10. Since being promoted to the majors April 15, he has made all seven of his appearances in relief, the longest being three innings and 40 pitches. "He's been able to locate his fastball, in and out, up and down, which makes his changeup that much better," Nagy said.
--1B Xavier Nady and C Miguel Montero had RBI singles in the last two innings to bring Arizona close, but the Diamondbacks still were only 3-for-11 with runners in scoring position, extending a stretch in which they are 6-for-37 (.162) in those situations. "We've had our opportunities," manager Kirk Gibson said. The D-backs' other hit with a runner in scoring position came when 3B Melvin Mora followed CF Chris Young's double with a double of his own in the first inning, but Young could not score.
--SS/LF Willie Bloomquist (right hamstring strain) will be shut down for two days, manager Kirk Gibson said, in order to facilitate his recovery from an injury that has kept him on the disabled list since April 22. Bloomquist, a key cog in the D-backs' offense in the first three weeks, has been playing in extended spring training games. "He's hit a sticking point right now. He just doesn't feel like he can be totally explosive," Gibson said. "He wants to feel totally comfortable. He is coming. Not as fast as we would like." No further tests are scheduled, Gibson said.
--CF Chris Young, back in the leadoff spot after his first day out of the lineup Thursday, reached base four times (a double, a single, two walks) as the D-backs stacked right-handed bats at the top of the order against Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw. 3B Melvin Mora hit second and 1B Xavier Nady hit third for the second straight game, with RF Justin Upton again hitting fifth. "We're just trying to find a way to make things happen," manager Kirk Gibson said.
--LHP Joe Paterson extended his career- and season-opening scoreless streak to 16 appearances Friday. He gave up an infield single to the only batter he faced in the seventh inning in Los Angeles, but RHP Esmerling Vasquez entered and did not allow the inherited runner to score. Paterson, whose streak has covered 7 2/3 innings, is closing in on LHP Doug Slaten's franchise record of 18 straight scoreless appearances in 2006.
BY THE NUMBERS
6 -- One-run losses for the Diamondbacks during a 1-6 run to start their nine-game road trip.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"We are trying to find a way to make things happen." -- Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson, after reordering his lineup for the second consecutive game Friday.
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