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Arizona Diamondbacks Inside Pitch 2008-05-13

Arizona Diamondbacks Inside Pitch 2008-05-13
Right-hander Edgar Gonzalez has done some of his best work on short notice, especially when called on to make an emergency start in place of left-hander Randy Johnson.

Pitching on three hours notice Sunday, Gonzalez gave up only two runs in five innings while striking out three and was in line for his second victory of the season before the bullpen failed to hold a 4-2 lead in a 6-4 loss to the Cubs at cold, damp Wrigley Field.

Gonzalez threw first-pitch strikes to the first 14 batters he faced, and to 17 of his 21, before leaving for a pinch hitter in the top of the sixth after throwing 87 pitches. He had made only one relief appearance since being bumped from the rotation by rookie Max Scherzer.

"About three hours before the game, they asked me if I could pitch and I said 'Yeah,'" Gonzalez said, matter-of-factly. "I'm always ready. For anything."

"He did everything we could possibly ask," D-backs manager Bob Melvin said.

Gonzalez was 1-2 with a 6.54 ERA in six previous starts, a valuable option when lefty Randy Johnson was delayed out of spring training and after left-hander Doug Davis underwent surgery for thyroid cancer April 10.

Gonzalez was 2-0 when asked to fill in on short notice when Johnson suffered back problems last season. He beat Houston on May 25, giving up one run and striking out four in five innings before stopping Baltimore on June 16, again giving up one run while giving up only two hits in five innings.

"I want to do whatever I can to help the team," Gonzalez said.

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Added: May 13, 2008

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