PHOENIX If first starts mean anything, Tyler Skaggs deserves an immediate second. He was that poised and that effective in his major league debut Wednesday afternoon.
On his first day in the major leagues, Skaggs was almost exactly the pitcher the Diamondbacks projected him to be when they acquired him in the Dan Haren trade in July 2010. Skaggs gave up three hits, the only damage coming on Justin Ruggianos two-run homer run in the second inning, a blow that only seemed to deepen his resolve.
While Skaggs uncharacteristically walked five in 6 23 innings, he stepped it up when he needed it most. After throwing eight consecutive balls to open the sixth inning in a 3-2 game, Skaggs jammed Miami cleanup hitter Carlos Lee to force a double play grounder, then got hot-hitting Mike Stanton to pop out on another inside fastball. Skaggs struck out four, getting the side in the fifth on two breaking balls and a fastball.
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