When a top pitcher with a four pitch mix doesn't quite have the feel for his secondary pitches,
what does he do? He commands the plate with his fastball, locates on the edges,
receives strikes and swing-and-misses, and relinquishes some control to his defense.
Zac Gallen accomplished it tonight as the Diamondbacks defeated the Miami Marlins 5-2.
In his seven innings of work, Gallen gave up just one run on five hits, one walk, and seven strikeouts.
He had gone 35 innings without walking a batter before giving up the lone base on balls, which was the first time since April 10th.
Gallen has used his four seam fastball 42% of the time during the entire season.
Gallen appeared to use a different secondary pitch each start thanks to excellent game preparations and an unusual knack for recognizing which pitch was working for him early.