Grumble grumble grumble - Norm Hall
The Diamondbacks stayed in Scottsdale, traveling down near Old Town to meet their division rivals in a battle to the death. Okay, it was more like an inexorable grind to the finish, as Spring Training games seem to be.
If only hits were the primary scoring mechanism for winning baseball games. If so, then the D-backs would have had a victory this afternoon against the Giants, notching 10 hits to the home teams 9. Alas, this is not how baseball works, and the Diamondbacks lost by the above mentioned score of 5 runs to 3.
The Giants pounced on Josh Collmenter early, getting 3 hits and 2 runs in the first inning for the lead they'd never relinquish. He settled down for his second inning of work, not allowing anyone on base, but he ended the day with 2 innings pitched, 3 hits, no walks, and no strikeouts. Not a completely terrible outing for him, and something to build on as we move forward.
David Holmberg was tapped to work the 3rd, and it appeared he would have a much rougher outing than he ended up having. He immediately allowed two on with a double and a single, but managed to work his way out of the jam by getting a double play with the next batter and ending the inning with only one run allowed. He also went 2 innings pitched, with 2 hits, 1 run, and no walks or strikeouts.
Eddie Bonine worked the 5th and 6th innings, and everything seemed golden for him for his first inning work. 3 batters, and 3 outs was all he needed, but he wouldn't be so fortunate in the 6th. Bonine gave up 2 doubles and hit Buster Posey (WORST PLAYER EVER, MCCOVEY CHRONICLES WONDERS) to ultimately allow an additional 2 runs.
Rommie Lewis and Warner Madrigal pitched the 8th and 9th innings, in that order, and both were largely efficient without giving up any runs with 3 baserunners.
So what did the frontline Diamondbacks do in regards to hitting? Adam Eaton, Paul Goldschmidt, AJ Pollack, Chad Pennington, and John McDonald all collected hits. Pennington, McDonald, and Pollack all collected 2 hits, whilst Eaton's hit was a double and Pollack had a triple.
Not the worst results, given that Collmenter is not likely to have a rotation spot, and quite a few of the guys expected to make the 25 man roster got hits. Sure, it would have been nice to have the result be a win, but I think the individual pieces were pretty good for March 3rd. They just need to keep working at it. Not a good sign was the continued D-backs tradition of leaving guys on base, going 0-9 with runners in scoring position to strand 9.
Tomorrow the Diamondbacks head back to Salt River Fields to face the Redlegs at 1:10pm Arizona time. Be there, or somewhere else.