"We don't like to do that," Hale said of using a reliever three straight days. "He's the one guy that we knew going in [could do it]; that's why we kind of took him out of that starting role pretty quickly, because he has the ability and flexibility to go three days in a row if we needed it. We really pushed him, so we're hoping to give him two or three days off because he needs it. But he really showed a lot of guts last night, especially going out for that second inning."
Delgado wound up coming in and throwing the final two frames as the D-backs beat the Giants, 7-6, in 12 innings.
"As the game went on, I was like, 'I might have to pitch tonight,' so I just tried to stay focused and prepared," Delgado said of his mindset Thursday. "I just tried to do the best I could."
Delgado has been impressive out of the 'pen this year. After an outstanding spring, he has only allowed two runs over his last 11 appearances dating back to last year.
Delgado has always had a very good changeup to go with his fastball, but last year he was finally able to gain control of his breaking ball. Having all three pitches working makes it hard for opposing hitters to sit on a certain pitch.