Spring Training Games #13 + #14: Gameday Thread

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Another split-squad day, with two concurrent games this afternoon. I think attention will probably mostly be on Tempe Diablo, where Archie Bradley makes his second spring start.

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Archie Bradley
RHP, 1-0, 0.00
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Garrett Richards
RHP, 0-0, 0.00

Diamondbacks line-up

  1. Didi Gregorius, SS
  2. Martin Prado, 3B
  3. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B
  4. Eric Chavez, DH
  5. Aaron Hill, 2B
  6. Miguel Montero, C
  7. Alfredo Marte, LF
  8. Ender Inciarte, RF
  9. Tony Campana, CF
    + Bradley, Eury De la Rosa, Joe Paterson, J.J. Putz, Adam Russell and Zeke Spruill

Bradley's first outing was pretty good, but there's clearly room for improvement. I mean, he allowed the Rockies to get a hit over three scoreless innings of work. However, I suppose, somewhat begrudgingly, we should cut him some slack, since it's spring training 'n' all. As long as he doesn't slip up and let this happen again today. I trust the Angels batter have received the memo on this topic. As for our offense, we get another crack at Richards, to see if we can do any better against him the second time round - we faced him last Monday, when he held us scoreless for three innings, facing one hitter over the minimum.

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Brandon McCarthy
RHP, 1-0, 0.00
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Jose Quintana
LHP, 0-0, 6.00

Diamondbacks line-up

  1. A.J. Pollock, CF
  2. Gerardo Parra, RF
  3. Chris Owings, SS
  4. Mark Trumbo, LF
  5. Matt Tuiasosopo, RF
  6. Shelley Duncan, DH
  7. Andy Marte
  8. Cliff Pennington, 2B
  9. Henry Blanco, C
    + McCarthy, Jake Barrett, Marcos Mateo, Ryan Rowland-Smith and Joe Thatcher

Particularly in the bottom half of the order, this looks very much like the B-lineup - though I suppose the same could be said for the other game as well. Owings hitting in the three-hole, just ahead of Trumbo, is a novel choice. Hard to say who has the edge in the Gregorius/Owings battle thus far: neither is exactly hitting well, with Chris hitting .227 and Didi a mere .176. McCarthy has pitched very well in his first couple of games, and hopefully can maintain that level of form here. I was hoping we might get to see Spanky Eaton for the White Sox this afternoon, but looks like he isn't in the starting line-up for them.

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