MLB Team Report - Arizona Diamondbacks - INSIDE PITCH


MINNEAPOLIS -- It's been a lost season for the Arizona Diamondbacks. But it's been another solid year for right-handed pitcher Josh Collmenter.

Collmenter continued his stellar late stretch of the season Monday, allowing only two runs over 6 1/3 innings in winning his 11th game of the season -- a career high.

The outing was actually his worst in over a month. Entering Monday, he had allowed only four runs total since Aug. 22, a span of five starts. He went only 2-1 over that period, however.

"I've been kind of effectively wild my last handful," Collmenter said. "I haven't been putting it everywhere I wanted and my change-up has kind of been hit or miss. But when I've needed to make pitches, I've made them."

Collmenter walked only one Monday, but it ended up allowing a run to score. He also fell behind Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki in the seventh inning and gave up a double. That runner ended up scoring too.

"Limit those and it could have been an even better start," Collmenter said.

Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson noted Collmenter's consistency over the whole season.

"Maturity," Gibson said. "I think he spots his fastball well and his change-up keeps them off balance. You can just tell he has good baseball savvy, stays ahead of the hitters. He just has a sense of what to throw."

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MLB Team Report - Arizona Diamondbacks - NOTES, QUOTES


RECORD: 63-94

STREAK: Won one

NEXT: Diamondbacks (LHP Andrew Chafin, 0-0, 1.64 ERA) at Twins (RHP Kyle Gibson, 12-11, 4.64 ERA PLAYER NOTES:

--DH Aaron Hill dislocated his right pinky finger on a slide into home plate in the top of the eighth inning. He is considered day-to-day. Before that, Hill was 2-for-4 at the plate with a double.

--SS Ender Inciarte went 2-for-5 Monday and extended his hitting streak against American League teams to nine games. He also has a hit in nine of his last 11 overall.

--1B Mark Trumbo hit his 12th homer of the season, a two-run shot in the fifth inning. He has a hit in eight straight games against Minnesota and is hitting .452 with three doubles and four homers over his last 11 against the Twins.

--CF A.J. Pollock went 3-for-5 Monday and has now reached base safely in 16 of his last 17 games. He is batting .352 in his last 24 games since May 26, with a lengthy stint on the disabled list in the middle. The three-hit game was his 10th this season.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Nolasco has been a guy we've had trouble with in the past. The guys made some good adjustments during the game. He left some curveballs up that we were able to hit." --Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson on his team's strategy against Twins RHP Ricky Nolasco, who has spent much of his career prior to this year in the National League.