Chase Anderson's about-face from being one of the Arizona Diamondbacks' most consistent starters to their most unreliable resulted in an unforeseen demotion to the minors to work out his issues.
That was the plan, anyway.
An injury within the rotation has given Anderson a second chance, and he'll try to make the most of it as the visiting Diamondbacks seek a four-game sweep of the slumping Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.
Anderson (5-5, 4.51 ERA) posted a 2.84 ERA through his first 13 starts, but he's gone 2-4 with a 7.65 mark while allowing at least five runs in four of his last eight. He's given up 12 runs - 10 earned - in 9 2-3 innings over his previous two.
The Diamondbacks sent Anderson to Triple-A Reno after he was roughed up by Pittsburgh on Tuesday, but they were allowed to recall him before the minimum 10 days after placing Jeremy Hellickson on the disabled list Thursday.
"(Anderson) was our best pitcher early on, and we know he has the ability to locate better," manager Chip Hale told MLB's official website. "We know he has the ability to pitch down in the zone like we've asked, so he's just going to have to do it here. Obviously, we wanted to try to give him a start or two (in the minors), but that's the way it goes."
The right-hander's best start since the All-Star break came against the Reds (51-70) on Aug. 7, when he allowed four hits and struck out seven in seven innings of a 2-0 victory. Anderson also was sharp in his only other start against Cincinnati, giving up one run and three hits with eight strikeouts in seven innings of a 2-1 road win July 28, 2014.
Todd Frazier (0 for 6) and Jay Bruce (0 for 5) have struck out four times apiece when facing Anderson, who opposed Raisel Iglesias (3-4, 4.21) earlier this month. The Reds rookie gave up one run and three hits in six innings in that outing, part of a four-start stretch during which he's gone 2-1 with a 2.10 ERA.
The right-hander had one of the best starts of his short career Tuesday, allowing three hits in seven scoreless innings of Cincinnati's 3-1, 13-inning loss to Kansas City.
Iglesias has pitched at least into the sixth in eight of his 11 starts after defecting from Cuba, where he pitched mostly in relief.
"I've changed the way I work out," Iglesias said after not allowing any Royals baserunners past second. "I have watched how other (starting) pitchers attack teams and I do the same thing."
Iglesias is running into a Diamondbacks offense that has scored 22 runs with 42 hits through the first three of this series. Paul Goldschmidt broke a 2-for-25 slump by hitting a pair of two-run homers and finishing with four hits in Saturday's 11-7 victory.
"That's just kind of how the game goes," Goldschmidt said. "Stuff comes in spurts. I didn't do anything out of the ordinary. I was just trying to get to feeling good and get in a good position to swing."
Ender Inciarte led off the game with a homer, while A.J. Pollock - batting .481 over his last 11 - went 3 for 5 for Arizona (61-61), which again tries to move over .500 for the first time since being 8-7 on April 23.
The Diamondbacks are seeking their first sweep of the Reds since June 20-23, 2003, while Cincinnati looks to avoid a season high-tying ninth consecutive defeat.
Frazier had two doubles and an RBI single Saturday, giving him six hits in the series to match the amount he had over his previous seven games.