Perhaps there is no better time for Diamondbacks’ left-hander Wade Miley to get healthy.
No, there’s no current injury plaguing the Louisiana native, but his game has gone south in a hurry and his state of mind remains in flux.
Through nearly the first half of the season, Miley has not been the kind of pitcher the Diamondbacks expected and constantly tell reporters that “I have to make good pitches.”
At this point, that sounds like a broken record and Miley continued his bout with futility Tuesday night in Chase Field. Yet, the Diamondbacks eventually picked him up and survived the 9-8, come-from-behind victory over the Cleveland Indians in 14 innings before 20,954.
With the win, the Diamondbacks engaged in the second longest game in Chase Field history but the win did not mask Miley’s difficulties.
Down as much as 4-1 in the second inning, the D-backs clawed back for a run in the second, a pair in the fourth and a sacrifice bunt by Didi Gregorius with the bases loaded in the fifth to tie at 5-5.
Aaron Hill followed with the game-winner when he slammed first pitch from he saw from reliever Vinne Pestano into center field to score Gerardo Parra the sixth.
From Miley’s departure, the bullpen of Joe Thatcher, Oliver Perez, Evan Marshall, Brad Ziegler were solid but Addison Reed blown save in the ninth inning prolonged what could have been another evening of doom in the desert.
Yet, concern for Miley continues.
Miley survived three batters deep into the fifth inning, left trailing 5-4 and gave a bases-loaded, no out situation to reliever Joe Thatcher. From that point, Thatcher struck out Yon Gomes, Lonnie Chisenhall popped to short and Ryan Rayburn popped to second to keep this a one-run game.
After a one-two-three first inning, Miley dramatically fell into the abyss which is known season. A lead-off walk to Carlos Santana, three straight hits and a sacrifice fly boosted the Indians into an early four run lead.
For his part, Miley says he continues to be baffled on lack of success and watched, almost helplessly, his record held to 3-6, and another no-decision in 17 starts. Miley has one win since April 12 and his ERA of 4.78 is the highest in his four year major league career.
Down by three early, the Diamondbacks attempted to come back with one in the second to cut the score to 4-2, but Cleveland starter Justin Masterson caught Paul Goldschmidt looking on a third strike with two on and two out to end that brief rally.
Then, the comeback and the game-winner from Hill in the early morning hours.
SEE YA IN K. C.
Right-hander Braden Shipley, the Diamondbacks No. 1 pick in the 2013 draft, was named to the US squad for the Future Games on Sunday July 13.
The game is part of All-Star festivities prior to the All-Star game itself on Tuesday July 15 (MLB Network, 2 p.m. PDT) in Target Field in Minneapolis.
Combined with South Bend and Advanced-A Visalia so far in 2014, Shipley has 12 starts, a record of 5-3 and 3.41 ERA.
IN SICK BAY
Prior to Tuesday’s game with Cleveland, the Diamondback players spent 565 days in the disabled list.
That’s second in the major and trail only the Texas Rangers (951). Just behind are the Nationals (563), the Dodgers (557) and the Padres (545).
The D-backs currently have five pitchers, Bronson Arroyo, Patrick Corbin, David Hernandez, Daniel Hudson and Matt Reynolds on the DL. Combined, these five have a 222-199 mark with 23 saves and a 4.07 ERA.