"I know he was sick, but he got out there, got going and got through it," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "That's what we're going to need during the season. He executed well, that's what we tried to get him to do. He's been throwing good in his bullpens as well. A really good game for him."
McCarthy allowed three hits and walked one while striking out a pair. In two spring starts, he has allowed one run over nine innings.
"He just kept the ball down," Gibson said. "He moved it around well, had good late life on it, his breaking ball was good again, threw the ball inside when he had to."
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