The D-backs hoped that their 12-inning win over the Dodgers on Friday night would give them some momentum to turn around their sagging fortunes. It looked like that might just be the case when they led the Dodgers, 4-0, through three innings Saturday night. Things, though, went horribly wrong for the D-backs in the fourth and fifth innings as the Dodgers rallied for an 8-6 win in front of a packed house at Dodger Stadium.
Desperate to get right-hander Trevor Cahill on the right track, the D-backs shifted him to the bullpen in hopes the change of scenery would help him. The results Friday night against the Dodgers were encouraging. Joe Thatcher this season is pitching like the pitcher D-backs GM Kevin Towers thought he was getting last year when he acquired him from the Padres.
For years, some scouts have believed Diamondbacks right-hander Randall Delgado's best role might be in relief. The early returns of his bullpen existence have helped justify that line of thinking. In three outings since being bumped from the starting rotation, Delgado has thrown four scoreless innings, giving up just two hits and two walks while striking out six.
Every March, baseball fans descend upon the Valley of the Sun for MLB Spring Training. While on the surface it seems like the experiences should all be similar, they most certainly are not. From the greatness of Salt River Fields (named the 22nd best stadium experience in the U.S. and Canada last year by Stadium Journey), to the ultra-crowded Maryvale Baseball Park, the Cactus League offers all kinds of experiences for every baseball fan.
In a day and age where the game of baseball has slowly but surely welcomed increasing forms of new-age analytics and technology, an old-fashioned mentality still has it's place. Look no further than the Arizona Diamondbacks' Tony Campana.
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