Garland's new approach paying dividends

Garland's new approach paying dividends

SAN DIEGO -- Jon Garland made some mechanical adjustments prior to his last start against the Dodgers, but more than anything, a change in his mental approach helped the most.

Garland struggled in a start against the Braves on the last homestand, allowing nine runs, eight of which were earned, before rebounding last time out to hold the Dodgers to just one run over six innings in what proved to be a 1-0 loss at Dodger Stadium.

"Last game, I think I gave up on myself," Garland said following the Dodgers start. "It wasn't there, and I didn't dig deep enough and go find it. I pretty much made up my mind from right after that game that it wouldn't happen to me again the rest of my career."

Arizona manager A.J. Hinch noticed the difference right away.

"He was outstanding that night," Hinch said. "You saw a different demeanor out of him and a different approach to the hitters. As opposed to seeing what happens, he was dictating what happened and that was good to see."

Garland will get another chance to show that approach on Monday, when he gets the ball against the Padres in the finale of this four-game series at PETCO Park.

"He has such a history of pitching well and logging innings and being a durable starter," Hinch said. "He's a very calm pitcher; he doesn't have a high range of emotions. Sometimes what that means is you have to kick yourself a little bit and get your edge and he had an edge to him in L.A."

Pitching matchup
ARI: RHP Jon Garland (4-5, 5.34 ERA)
Garland took the loss in his last outing, against the Dodgers, but he deserved a better fate. The right-hander allowed just one run over six innings in what turned out to be a 1-0 loss for Arizona. The lone run came in the sixth inning when James Loney tripled on a ball to left that Gerardo Parra dove for and could not catch. Casey Blake followed with a sacrifice fly. Garland made some mechanical adjustments after allowing nine runs (eight earned) in his last outing. More important, though, Garland said he made a mental adjustment.

SD: RHP Jake Peavy (5-6, 4.10 ERA)
Peavy will start on Monday after departing on Tuesday following one fitful inning with what was called an upper respiratory infection. Peavy allowed four runs on three hits and two walks in the first inning of a loss to the Phillies as his velocity was down from the mid-90s. Oddly enough, it wasn't Peavy's ankle tendinitis that felled him, an injury he had been working with the training staff to get right before the start. Padres manager Buddy Black said Peavy's ankle may still be a slight issue.

Closer Chad Qualls took the mound on Sunday, despite battling through some forearm stiffness. Qualls allowed two runs on two hits in two-thirds of an inning and took a blown save. One of the reasons for the stiffness might have been overuse during a the team's road trip to Atlanta, Miami and Oakland. Qualls has to shoulder some of the blame for that because he never told Hinch he was unavailable. "He's an aggressive-minded guy who wants the ball," Hinch said. "That mentality is what leads to him being a good reliever. Going through this bout of stiffness and soreness is really frustrating for him because he knows it alters the way we can use him." For instance, Hinch refused to go to Qualls in the eighth inning against the Dodgers because he does not want to extend him past an inning. ... First baseman Tony Clark (right hand) could begin a rehab assignment on Tuesday or Wednesday. ... Yusmeiro Petit will make his first injury-rehab appearance on Monday for Triple-A Reno.

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Up next
• Tuesday: D-backs (Billy Buckner, 2-1, 5.24) vs. Giants (TBD), 6:40 p.m. MST
• Wednesday: D-backs (Doug Davis, 3-6, 3.36) vs. Giants (TBD), 6:40 p.m. MST
• Thursday: D-backs (TBD) vs. Giants (TBD), 12:40 p.m. MST

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.