Owings comfortable in any role

Photo by Jordan Megenhardt

By Greg Dillard

During Micah Owings’ first tour with the D-backs from 2007-08, the right-hander saw the majority of his action in the starting rotation.

He appeared in 29 games in 2007, 27 of which were starts. One year later, he pitched in 22 contests for the D-backs with 18 of those as starts.

Now in his second Arizona stint, Owings has been a jack-of-all-trades for the pitching staff. He’s pitched in relief, started and pitched out of the bullpen again.

Although he’s shifted roles on several occasions, Owings’ consistency on the mound hasn’t changed at all. He’s pitched well in all of his assignments.

“He’s 6-0, look how good he’s been,” manager Kirk Gibson said. “He’s been everything we’ve asked him to do. He went to Triple-A. He came up here and we used him in long relief, started, and we’ve used him in the seventh inning. Wherever we ask him to go, he’s got a great attitude and he’s prepared for whatever happens.”

The right-hander is a perfect 6-0 with a 2.68 ERA in 20 games this season. He’s struck out 30 batters in 47 innings while allowing just 14 earned runs.

Owings played a pivotal role in the D-backs 11-9 comeback win over the Astros on Tuesday. He entered the game in the fifth inning after Houston plated seven early runs.

Instead of entering for mop-up duty, the right-hander helped lead the D-backs toward their 31st comeback win of the season.

“You never want the game to have to go like that, but (I’ll) come in and do the best that I can to keep us right where were at,” Owings said. “Again, I’ve said time after time we’re going to score runs. We’re going to keep coming back and that’s what we did.”

Arizona rallied back from a six-run deficit by piecing together back-to-back four-run innings. Owings, meanwhile, was locked in on the mound. He allowed just one run on two hits in three innings of work. Owings also fanned four Astros batters en route to earning his sixth win of the season.

It was yet another clutch relief appearance out of Owings.

“I can’t say that it’s coming easier,” Owings said. “But I’m just continuing to focus on making pitches and trusting these guys behind me and just enjoying it. I’m grateful for the opportunity.”

Since moving into a bullpen role, Owings has proven himself to be one of the team’s most reliable relievers.

“I think for any pitcher, you want to give your team a chance,” Owings said. “That’s what I’m trying to focus on doing whenever I’m out there.”



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