When he faces the Rockies on Friday night, the right-hander again seeks his first win as he tries to help lead the Diamondbacks to a season high-tying fourth straight victory.
McCarthy (0-2, 7.06 ERA) has allowed 15 of his 19 runs in just four of his 21 2-3 innings, and yielded three in the third frame in his first career start against Colorado on Sunday. The Diamondbacks went on to win 5-4, snapping the Rockies' win streak at eight.
"There's only so much you can do with bad contact balls blooping in. Once it leaves my hand, I can't control it. The innings are mostly falling like that," he told the team's website. "Most of the innings where I've given up runs, it's just pitches that are finding holes."
This time, McCarthy will face a team that's dropped four of five. In Thursday's series opener at Chase Field, the Rockies (14-8) were 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position in a 3-2 defeat.
Paul Goldschmidt hit a key two-run homer in the fourth inning, his second in three games for Arizona (13-9).
"We were able to scrape across a couple of runs. The pitching has been doing so well lately. They've been keeping us in a lot of games," he said. "It's a good win. We'll come out (Friday) and see if we can do it again."
McCarthy will once again pitch opposite Juan Nicasio (2-0, 5.31), who lasted a season-low 4 1-3 innings Sunday. He gave up two runs, three hits and three walks but used up 96 pitches.
Nicasio has failed to make it through the sixth inning in any of his last three outings. He hasn't been efficient enough to make it through five innings in any of his three career starts against Arizona. Nicasio has no record and a 6.94 ERA in those outings, which have all been in Denver.
"I need more command of my fastball," he said. "I've thrown like 90 pitches in the last three games and only gone five innings. I've got to go deeper in the game."
Didi Gregorius is expected to get the chance to face Nicasio again in his first home game for Arizona after getting a scheduled day off in the opener. The shortstop, batting .400 (10 for 25) in his first six games, hit a solo homer off the right-hander in Sunday's victory.
"It's always exciting to play at home," Gregorius said. "I'm looking forward to getting my first chance."
Gerardo Parra , seeking a career-high 11-game hit streak, has one double in his six at-bats against Nicasio. Cody Ross has two doubles and two RBIs in five at-bats, and Goldschmidt is 2 for 4 with two RBIs.
|April 20, 2013||Todd Helton||15-Day DL||Left forearm inflammation|
|April 20, 2013||Jhoulys Chacin||15-Day DL||Left lower back strain|
|February 14, 2013||Edwar Cabrera||60-Day DL||Left shoulder impingement|
|April 15, 2013||Aaron Hill||15-Day DL||Broken left hand|
|April 14, 2013||Aaron Hill||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore left hand|
|April 13, 2013||Jason Kubel||15-Day DL||Strained left quad|
|March 31, 2013||Didi Gregorius||15-Day DL||Right elbow strain|
|March 31, 2013||Didi Gregorius||15-Day DL||Right elbow strain|
|March 27, 2013||Willie Bloomquist||15-Day DL||Strained right intercostal|
PHOENIX (AP) -- The Colorado Rockies have been coming up with the big hits so far this season.
Five of the Rockies' six runs in a 6-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks came with two outs. Troy Tulowitzki 's bases-loaded double in the fifth inning was the huge blow.
"Big-time hit by a big-time player," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said of Tulowitzki's double. "We've done a nice job with runners in scoring position and we've gotten the hit most of the time."
Tulowitzki's hit came with the Rockies trailing 3-2 against starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy and the Diamondbacks. Michael Cuddyer drove in two runs in the first inning with a two-out single and Wilin Rosario hit his fifth home run of the season, a solo shot in the sixth.
The Rockies (15-8) remained in first place in the NL West with the victory.
Juan Nicasio (3-0) pitched long enough to earn the win, going five innings and allowing three runs on four hits. He struck out two and walked one.
McCarthy went six innings and allowed six runs on nine hits. He struck out seven but dropped to 0-3 on the season with a 7.48 earned run average.
The Diamondbacks took a 3-2 lead in the third when leadoff batter Gerardo Parra doubled and took third on a ground out. Then he evaded the tag and crossed home plate despite a risky decision to try and score on a ground ball to shortstop, which Tulowitzki fielded but threw wide to home plate for an error.
Parra extended his hitting streak to a career-high 11 games and reached base for the 22nd of 23 games this season.
Cuddyer's hit gave the Rockies the early lead after Jordan Pacheco and Carlos Gonzalez reached base on back-to-back singles and moved up a base each on a long fly ball from Tulowitzki.
The Diamondbacks drew even on Eric Chavez 's solo home run and Alfredo Marte 's two-out RBI single to drive in A.J. Pollock in the second inning. Pollock had singled and moved to second on a throwing error, then advanced to third base on a wild pitch.
The Diamondbacks had a scary moment when shortstop Didi Gregorius was hit near the top of the helmet with a pitch from Rockies reliever Josh Outman in the seventh inning. He was down on his back for a few moments before sitting up and walking off the field. Cliff Pennington replaced Gregorius, entering as a pinch runner.
Gregorius suffered a contusion to the right temple of his head and will undergo further tests on the injury. His status is day-to-day, the Diamondbacks announced.
"They (trainers) brought him in and he completed the written test, he passed that with flying colors," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "It shows no neurological problems. They are doing a CT scan for precautionary measures. We will see what that shows and there is a possibility of a seven-day DL (disabled list)."
Outman said he planned to look for Gregorius before Saturday's game to apologize and admitted it was still on his mind after the game.
Arizona (13-10) loaded the bases in the inning but reliever Matt Belisle got out of the jam by retiring Martin Prado on a pop out and striking out Paul Goldschmidt .
"That guy's unbelievable. He does everything well," Rosario said of Belisle.
"Matty was outstanding. Brought him in in a tough situation," Weiss said. You're hoping right there he can maybe give up one and he gets out of it without giving up anything."
Rafael Betancourt earned his eighth save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning for Colorado.
NOTES: Jonathan Cooper, the Arizona Cardinals' first-round draft pick from Thursday's NFL Draft, threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the game. ... OF Jason Kubel will appear as a designated hitter in a game at the team's Scottsdale facility on Saturday. Kubel is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left quadriceps. ... Country music duo Florida-Georgia Line took part in batting practice and fielded ground balls with the Diamondbacks during the pregame workout. The group was recently named New Artist of the Year by the Academy of Country Music.