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Diamondbacks notebook; Anderson off to fast start, another award for Pollock

Chase Anderson is the fifth pitcher since 1998 to win his first four starts in the majors.
Chase Anderson is the fifth pitcher since 1998 to win his first four starts in the majors.
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While the majority of the Diamondbacks’ starting rotation continues to struggle, that is not the case for Chase Anderson.

The rookie right-hander turned in another “quality start” Tuesday and opened a brief three game road trip to Denver on a positive start.

In going six innings, Anderson hung on for a 4-2 over the lethal-hitting Rockies and improved to 4-0 since his recall from Triple-A Reno on May 6. With his fourth consecutive win, Anderson becomes the fifth pitcher since 1998 to win his first four starts.

In his innings of work Tuesday night, Anderson allowed just one run, a fifth inning home run off the bat of D. J. Le Mahieu. Overall, Anderson surrendered just four hits, walked two and fanned three hitters. In the process, he lowered his ERA to 3.32, best among D-backs starters.

Anderson gets his next start this Saturday against the Atlanta Braves in Chase Field.

The D-backs’ giveaway that night is scheduled to be a Martin Prado bobble head and Prado played parts of seven season with the Braves before traded to Arizona prior to last season.

BROTHERS ON THE FIELD

When manager Kirk Gibson started five players from Venezuela on Sunday against Cincinnati, that marked the first time in National League history that a team started five from that country.

That happened four other times in the American League and the last was on April 14, 2009 by the Seattle Mariners.

The starters for Arizona included Gerardo Parra in right field, Miguel Montero behind the plate, Martin Prado at second base, David Peralta in left field and Ender Inciarte in center field.

While the five were countrymen, an immediate reference is to the Alou brothers, who played in the same outfielder together for the San Francisco Giants. On Sept. 15, 1963, the Giants’ gardens that day consisted for Felipe, Matty and Jesus as the first all-brother outfield in major league history. To date, that stands as the only all-brother outfield in the history of the game.

ANOTHER AWARD FOR POLLOCK

For the week ending June 1, center-fielder A. J. Pollock was named the National League player-of-the week.

On the previous night, Pollock was stuck on the right hand by a 92 mile-per-hour fast ball from the Reds’ Johnny Cueto and that resulted in a fractured hand. With successful surgery on Monday, Pollock’s recover time is estimated to be at least two months.

For his effort during the week May 26-June 1, Pollock led the majors in hitting at a .522 clip, led the National League with a .593 on-base percentage, led the league with 23 total bases, led the league with nine runs scored, led the league with six doubles and tied in the league lead in hits and slugging percentage.

The award was his second player-of-the-week honor within the last three weeks. Previously, he shared the award with the Dodgers’ Yasil Puig.

MORE AWARDS

For the month of May, the Diamondbacks named infielder Mike Jacobs of Triple-A Reno as the position minor league player-of-the-month, and Double-A Mobile right-hander Bradin Hagens as minor league pitcher-of-the month.

For Jacobs, at 33-years-old, he hit .345 (39-133) for Reno with 14 doubles, seven home runs and club-record 34 RBIs.

Hagens, at 25-years-old out of Modesto, Calif, posted a 3-0 mark for the BayBears with a 2.48 ERA in five starts. Hagens was Arizona’s sixth round pick in the 2009 draft.