Godley's fielding hiccups not worrying D-backs

July 22nd, 2018
Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zack Godley throws against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, July 21, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)Ralph Freso/AP

PHOENIX --  made one poor throw and seemed hesitant to make two others in the D-backs' 6-5 loss to the Rockies on Saturday, but the Diamondbacks saw it as more of a one-off than a potential issue.
"Right now I'm minimally concerned, but if it is something that he feels like is there and he needs to practice, we're well-equipped to help him," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said.
Godley made an errant throw to first base on a comebacker that opened a two-run sixth inning that enabled the Rockies to tie the game. He also appeared to lose track of later in the inning.
With runners on the corners, Desmond stole second base despite Godley having the ball on the mound, but he appeared reluctant to throw the ball. In a two-run fifth inning, Garrett Hampson went from second to third base when Godley made only a cursory check on another comebacker.
"I know it is easy for us to sit here and say that looked pretty bad yesterday, but I know there is a group of guys who are waiting and wanting to help out in any way shape or form if Zack feels that is the situation," Lovullo said.
Godley, 11-6, does not often throw to first base, but his resume indicates there are no issues with holding runners. He permitted only one stolen base in 2017 while picking off two runners, and he has given up four stolen bases this year. Opponents have been caught three times.
"I feel good about him being able to throw to first base and hold runners," Lovullo said. "I go back to getting to know Zack last year and him picking off from first in San Diego. I guess the scouting report was he has trouble throwing picking off to first base. Wil Myers took about a 16-foot lead and was picked off first base.
"Zack has been able to do it whenever we ask him to. I know that it is a quick, accurate pickoff move. Other situations that may pop up, I think he's done OK getting the ball where it needs to get to."
Godley's throwing error Saturday occurred when he did not set his feet on 's grounder to open the sixth inning, and his lobbed throw to first base went well to the second-base side of the bag.
"I just rushed it," said Godley, who did not allow a hit in the first four innings. "I didn't collect my feet under me and throw the ball to first base. I picked it up and threw it right then. It just came out of my hand wrong. After that play, I lost it a little bit and couldn't get it back."