Discovered that the train to Scotland, on which I presently sit, has wifi, so decided I might as well take advantage of it and do the D-backs Daily - it'll be one less thing for Zephon to do when he gets up. And it'll also give me something to do when the novelty of the British countryside whizzing by has worn off. "Oh, look! Greenery!" Which, I think, is probably pretty close to happening...
The D-backs unbeaten season came to an end last night, destroying any hopes of an unprecedented 162-0 season for Arizona. Never mind: 161-1 it is, then. After the jump, we'll point you in the direction of the recaps of the evening's action, and any other bits and pieces of interest. Of course, other suggestions and anything I've missed, will be welcome, as always.
- Arizona Diamondbacks can't build off season opener, fall to San Diego Padres - Jackson "retired the side in order in the first, ending the inning with a strikeout of Padres slugger Adrian Gonzalez with a pitch sequence that went like this: 97 mph fastball (swinging strike); 97 mph fastball (foul); 88 mph slider (ball); 98 mph fastball (swinging strike)."
- Young leads Padres over D-Backs - Diamondbacks newcomers Adam LaRoche and Kelly Johnson are a combined 0 for 15 through the first two games
- Young, Cabrera lead Padres past Diamondbacks 6-3 - "Overall, for a first start, I felt pretty good. I’ll just keep building off of it as the season progresses," said Jackson
- D-backs bats can't solve Young, Padres - "We didn't show up offensively for a long time," D-backs manager A.J. Hinch said
Other news and notes:
- Snyder to see ample time behind dish - "A doctor told me if I was a car I would have had three flat tires," said Snyder. And ow? "The tires are inflated up to 32 psi and ready to roll."
- Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero patiently waited for swing to return - In catcher Miguel Montero's mind, there never was a doubt that he would rediscover his swing.
- Webb yet to resume throwing - Brandon Webb is still not yet playing catch after receiving a cortisone injection last Wednesday.
- The wrong Chris Young is strong - "The fact that Young could pitch so well...is a reason to believe that Brandon Webb could indeed become a major part of [Arizona's] starting rotation this season."
- Max Scherzer ready to make Detroit Tigers' debut tonight against Kansas City Royals - We saw how Jackson did for us - now, what about Scherzer for the Tigers?
- Teams satisfied with attendance in Tucson finale - The D-backs drew 6,652 fans per game at Tucson Electric Park during their final spring in Tucson, according to the team, up from a 6,559 average last year.