PHOENIX In the long run, the Diamondbacks believe the major league experience gained down the stretch will benefit young starters Tyler Skaggs and Patrick Corbin immensely, pointing to the strides Wade Miley made this season after pitching in the 2011 pennant run.
No one guaranteed that all the experiences would be pleasant.
Skaggs has run into some of the unwanted but not unexpected growing pains in his last two starts. He pitched with the flu last Friday in San Diego, lasting three innings, and he went only four innings Friday, when a bad inning and a bad pitch led to San Francisco's 6-2 victory at Chase Field.
Skaggs, who turned 21 in July, labeled his last two performances "unacceptable."
The D-backs prefer to look at the bigger picture.
"You look at all the 21-year olds who have been in the game through the history of the game, they learn a lot of lessons," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said.
"It's painful and it's tough for him. He goes out and busts his tail. The result ...