Jhoulys Chacín proves he’s a major league pitcher

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On Tuesday (September 22, 2015) I had the opportunity to sit down with Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Jhoulys Chacín, a right-handed hurler from Venezuela. The night before he had just recorded his first win as a starter for the DBacks, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Arizona Diamondbacks before Tuesday’s game.
Arizona Diamondbacks before Tuesday’s game.

He pitched five and a third innings, allowing two runs (both earned) on six hits with three strikeouts and four walks. His pitch count was a little high, 92 pitches, but overall he pitched well, with an ERA of 3.04 for the game.

Six days earlier he pitched against the San Diego Padres in Arizona, with a 2.95 ERA. He allowed two runs on four hits.

Interestingly enough I had interviewed Jhoulys during Spring Training when he was with the Colorado Rockies. Literally minutes after our interview Chacín was called into Manager Walt Weiss’s office and told he had been released — after being with the club for six seasons. One of the main reasons, we found out later and Jhoulys confirmed, during Spring Training he didn’t pitch well against the Dodgers, the chief rival in the National League West.

So now Jhoulys Chacín is back in the majors with Arizona and gets his first win with the club against those same Dodgers. Quite a turnaround for the guy who was released before the season ever started.

Below is my interview with Jhoulys Chacín.

(All photos by Claudia Gestro)