New York Yankees RHP Nathan Eovaldi said he was somewhat surprised manager Joe Girardi pulled him after six effective innings, but was comfortable with the decision after the bullpen sealed a 4-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday at Chase Field.
Eovaldi (4-2) pitched six innings of one-hit, one-run ball and had retired 18 batters in a row after a leadoff double, but was pulled in favor of Dellin Betances for the seventh inning.
"I thought I was going back out," Eovaldi said. "I was a little disappointed, but you've got those three guys coming in. You can't be too frustrated about that."
Eovaldi had thrown just 85 pitches and induced 10 groundball outs, but despite cruising through six innings, Girardi said he wanted to shut the door with his bullpen.
"That's that they're there for," Girardi said. "Nate did his job and it was the responsibility of the next three guys to do their jobs. … I'm going to take my chances probably 99 percent of the time with Betances, [Andrew] Miller and [Aroldis] Chapman, just because they're so good."
Betances walked the first two hitters he faced in a 3-1 game, but struck out two of the next three batters to end the inning.
"I had to trust my stuff," Betances said. "I got myself in a jam, but I was just trying to make the people sweat a little bit back home. A lot of people are staying up late to watch the game, so I just tried to make them sweat, get them nervous."
Miller allowed a home run for the second time in five outings, a solo shot to Chris Owings, in the eighth inning that made it 3-2, then struck out the side. Chapman pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his fourth save of the season.