DENVER - Doug Davis used a bit of strategy he learned from Roger Clemens to get out of a fourth-inning jam Saturday in yet another quality start.
Although Colorado hit only one ball hard enough to dent sand, a bloop single to right and a broken bat single just past second base sparked a rally in which the Rockies scored once and had the bases loaded with one out.
That is when Davis took things into his own hands.
“I really slowed the game down. I took a couple of laps around the mound and let the crowd die down,” Davis said.
“It’s something I learned from Clemens. You walk around the mound, get back in the game and make your pitch.”
Davis got Clint Barmes to hit a soft liner to Stephen Drew on the first pitch to him for the second out of the inning, and struck out Ian Stewart on a 73 mph curve ball.
Davis (4-6) has given up no more than three earned runs in each of his last eight starts with a 3.23 ERA, although he is only 2-1 in that stretch.
“He pitched very well again,” manager Bob Melvin said.
YANKEE STADIUM MEMORIES
Melvin considers Yankee Stadium a baseball museum, and called its final weekend “a little sad.”
Without a postseason berth, the Yankees will play their final game in the stadium tonight before moving to a state-of-the-art facility in 2009.
Melvin, who played for the Yankees in 1994, said three memories stand out.
• Games 4 and 5 of the 2001 World Series, where as the D-Backs’ bench coach he saw the Yankees hit ninth-inning homers to win one game and tie another. “I definitely believe in ghosts now,” he said of the Yankee Stadium mystique.
• Hitting his last major league home run there, a three-run shot off Baltimore’s Arthur Rhodes on May 21 as a DH.
• Wearing the distinctive togs. “Putting the uniform on and going to find a mirror to look at yourself in pinstripes. That’s something I have never done” anywhere else, he said.
Jake Peavy was scratched from his Friday start because his wife had a baby, and the D-Backs will benefit.
Peavy’s was pushed back to Tuesday, when he will face Los Angeles in the first game of a three-game series at Dodger Stadium. Peavy is 12-1 with a 2.21 ERA in his career against the Dodgers, and is 3-0 with a 1.71 ERA against them in three starts this year.
San Francisco’s Tim Lincecum, meanwhile, is scheduled to face Colorado on Tuesday, which would put him in line to make his final start on Sunday against Los Angeles at AT&T Park.
Lincecum is 1-0 against the Dodgers this season, winning in a relief role in his only appearance against them.
The Diamondbacks have officially been eliminated from the NL wild-card race, since the most victories they can have is 85. Philadelphia entered Saturday with 86 victories ... David Eckstein was available but held out Saturday after being struck by a pitch on the inside of the left knee in the ninth inning Friday. Eckstein was forced to leave the game but was “a lot better than I thought he’d be” Saturday, Melvin said.