PHOENIX -- Tyler Skaggs gave the Diamondbacks exactly what they needed Friday night.
With the D-backs' bullpen running on fumes and the starting rotation having scuffled for the better part of a month, Skaggs stepped into the breach with the best outing of his young career in a 5-0 victory over the Rockies.
On the day he was recalled from Class AAA Reno, the young left-hander showed he had a place in the D-backs' rotation by giving up three hits and a walk in eight shutout innings. The Rockies did not get a runner as far as second base, and one of their hits was an infield single.
"A very dominant performance," manager Kirk Gibson said.
The key, Skaggs said, was an ability to pitch to both sides of the plate with his fastball and to complement that with the curveball that major league scouts always have appreciated. His developing changeup is a third plus pitch.
"Throwing fastballs for strikes inside and getting ahead in the count. Strike one is the biggest pitch in baseball,"...