Diamondbacks 8, Mariners 4: Why Was 4 So Scared of the Diamondbacks?

Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Wade Miley was on the bump to start the game, and the start was a little bumpy to start.

Giving up a lead-off home run is not exactly how you want a game to start, Spring Training or not. Yet, that's exactly what happened, when Franklin Gutierrez went yard to deep center. Luckily, the D-backs were able to bounce back, but Miley largely did not.

Arizona evened the score at the bottom of 1st with two singles, by Gerardo Parra and AJ Poultry, then Parra was brought home by an Aaron Hill sac-fly. The trading of scoring was repeated in the 3rd, with the Mariners getting 3 runs, and the D-backs countering with 5 of their own. It was a lead they wouldn't relinquish, and instead would extend in the 5th by tacking on 2 more.

By the time the score was finalized in the 5th, Wade Miley was already eating orange slices and drinking a Capri-Sun. I wouldn't qualify his start as great, but I'll just hold onto the phrase of, "it's only Spring Training." Miley's final line was 3.1 innings, 4 earned runs, 6 hits (two of them home runs), and 3 strike-outs.

Obviously, the D-backs relief pitching didn't allow anymore runs, but I was particularly pleased to see that David Hernandez had a perfect inning with 3 strikeouts. Not going to lie, I've been worried about his Spring so far. Is this a complete correction? Probably not, but I'd rather see him pitch well than like a pile of raw dough.

Paul Goldschmidt had a nice line, with two hits and knocking four. But more importantly, there was a sighting of a wild Lord Tuffy of Gosewisch, 3 Time Persian Cat Champion. He got himself a hit, which is always nice. Extra cat nip for him tonight, no doubt.

Is Spring Training over yet? No, but this recap is. Tomorrow the D-backs take a break; their next game is Tuesday at 7:10pm against the Angels at Salt River Fields.

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