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Koch earns another start during Dodgers series

September 22, 2018

PHOENIX -- The D-backs will start Matt Koch on Tuesday against the Dodgers at Chase Field.Koch will start in the rotation spot of Clay Buchholz, who was lost for the season when he strained his flexor tendon while warming up for a start against the Rockies on Sept. 13.Koch was

PHOENIX -- The D-backs will start Matt Koch on Tuesday against the Dodgers at Chase Field.
Koch will start in the rotation spot of Clay Buchholz, who was lost for the season when he strained his flexor tendon while warming up for a start against the Rockies on Sept. 13.
Koch was pressed into action at the last moment in that game and allowed four runs in three innings.
"I don't think we saw him at his best that day in Colorado," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. "To be fair to him, we felt like giving him a few days to prepare would be a really good thing for him to go out and execute a game plan."
When Buchholz's turn in the rotation came around again, Matt Andriese got the ball against Cubs on Tuesday and allowed five runs over two innings.
Koch came on in relief in that game and tossed four shutout innings.
"He'd thrown the ball extremely well in the back end of that game, his last outing," Lovullo said. "We just liked what we saw and felt like it was a good opportunity for him to go out there and get a true start."
Koch was part of the rotation earlier in the season and overall this year is 5-5 with a 4.26 ERA in 18 games (13 starts).

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.