7/7/2013 4:36 P.M. ET
Chase Field debut thrills area-native Brewer
By Tyler Emerick / MLB.com
PHOENIX -- A native of Paradise Valley, a Phoenix suburb, D-backs right-hander Charles Brewer knew making his Chase Field debut would be special. But after already appearing in two Major League games beforehand, he thought the moment would lose some of its charm.
He was wrong.
"It was even more exciting than I thought it'd be," Brewer said. "I had pitched in Los Angeles in front of 40,000 fans and in San Diego with a ton of fans, but last night I had even more excitement than my Major League debut. There's just something special about making your home debut. All the fans got loud when I was announced, it was pretty awesome."
Brewer, who threw 3 2/3 scoreless innings on the road in his first stint with the D-backs in mid-June but was optioned back to the Minors before the club returned home, worked a clean ninth inning Saturday night against the Rockies, allowing one hit and striking out a batter.
"I've been coming to this field since 1998 when I was a kid," he said. "I was always in the stands as a spectator but now I'm on the field playing for a first-place team. It's an amazing feeling, you can't match it."
So with his childhood home a mere half-hour away, just how many friends and family members did Brewer have at the game?
"I don't even know," he said. "I've been in the bullpen and a ton of random people have come to say hi, just screaming out my name. It's been really cool. There's been a lot."
Ross sets personal best with five-hit game
PHOENIX -- Although he didn't realize it at the time, D-backs outfielder Cody Ross did something Saturday night he had never done in his 10-year Major League tenure. By going 5-for-5 at the plate, Ross set a career-high in hits for a single game and matched the franchise record for a 16th time.
"I didn't even know I've never had five hits, but obviously it's nice to do that," Ross said. "To get some consecutive hits in a row feels good, but it feels even better to win. That's the main thing. It never feels good to get hits and lose. Glad I could contribute and help out the team."
Paul Goldschmidt described Ross' memorable night as "five professional at-bats." The 32-year-old tallied four singles and a double while he came around to score three times.
Ross struggled a bit in June, batting .243, but through six games in July, he is hitting .370.
"Cody has been good, he has been determined," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "Last night was the best he has swung the bat, he hit the ball all over the field, that's him."
Skaggs to start Wednesday against Dodgers
PHOENIX -- A couple of days after Tyler Skaggs shut out the Rockies over eight innings, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson announced Sunday the 21-year-old left-hander earned another start in the club's rotation for Wednesday's game against the Dodgers.
Ranked by MLB.com as Arizona's No. 1 prospect and the No. 8 prospect in all of baseball, Skaggs turned in the best outing of his young career Friday, allowing just three hits, striking out five batters and working eight innings for the first time. His previous high was 6 2/3 frames in his MLB debut last August.
"He pitched great, I'm not going to take him out of there now," Gibson said. "He's certainly developing, but he was good. He's only 21 years old so you hope he starts to benefit from the experience."
Skaggs is currently in the rotation for the injured Trevor Cahill, who went on the disabled list July 1 with a hip contusion.
• Rehabbing from an elbow injury incurred during Spring Training, Adam Eaton will move his assignment to Triple-A Reno after eight games (batting .385, 10-for-26) with Class A Advanced Visalia. He will still serve as the designated hitter some while also playing the outfield.
• Brandon McCarthy (right shoulder inflammation) will throw live batting practice Tuesday.
• The makeup date for the rained-out May 29 game against the Rangers is scheduled for Aug. 1 with a start time of 6:05 p.m. CDT (4:05 MST) in Texas.
Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.