Taylor Buchholz: Yeah, it was three innings against the deepest part of the bench of a team already halved by split squad play, but Taylor came up with the performance he needed after getting shelled in his Spring debut.
Aaron Cook: This is mostly positive, as he had three K's and no walks in his three innings, but also allowed five hits and two runs. What's most impressive to me that all of his outs were either by strikeout or ground out.
Denny Bautista: Don't let the fact that the five runs charged to him were scored as unearned fool you. There was only one defensive miscue by Ian Stewart, the rest was just Denny getting hammered. Bautista couldn't clamp down on the scoring until a handful of D-backs had crossed the plate. He and Buchholz essentially reversed their initial results of five days ago, keeping the competition for the Rockies last spot in the pen wide open.
Others of Note: Troy Tulowitzki went three for four with a double, three runs scored and three RBI. His only out was a hard earned K in a battle with long time nemesis (going back to their college days,) AJ Shappi. In the battle for lefty outfielder off the bench, both Steve Finley and Alexis Gomez came up with big performances to keep the pressure on Salazar, Mabry and Sullivan. Cory had a hit in replacement duty, but Jeff went zero for two this time. Chris Iannetta also went hitless in four at bats, although he was robbed by a standout defensive play on at least one of those. No D-backs attempted to steal on him, despite a couple of decent runners (like Chris Young) in the opposing lineup. Darren Clarke quietly had a perfect inning with a K in his Spring debut.