Record: 7-7-3. Change on 2013: +1.
As Bob Brenly mentioned during this afternoon's broadcast, it's okay for Trevor Cahill to be giving up hits, if they're ground-balls which are finding holes. This afternoon? Not so much: particularly later on, he was unable consistently to locate his sinker down in the zone, where it should be. He did get a couple of double-play ground-balls, and was helped by some bad base-running from the Indians, but he gave up another home-run, and there just seemed to be rather too many balls hit in the air. The final line for Cahill was nine hits and a walk in 4.2 innings, with two strikeouts and five runs, all earned. His spring ERA dropped to 9.82.
However, more concerning was the way in which he left this afternoon's game. Hustling over to cover first on a ground-ball, he applied the tag, but seemed to land awkwardly on his right leg when near the bag, and went down. He stayed down for quite a while. though was able to leave the field under his own steam, with what was officially called a jammed right knee. According to Steve Gilbert, "Cahill says he did not hear a pop when he landed on his knee and it just felt like a bad cramp." He's going to ice the knee tonight and see how he feels tomorrow. With Bronson Arroyo already under a cloud, this is really the last thing our pitching rotation needed.
The rest of the way, David Hernandez, J.J. Putz and your daily Josh Collmenter put up zeroes: there was more momentary concern in eighth, when the trainers came out to see Putz, but that seemed to amount to nothing. R.J. Hively came on in mop-up for the ninth, and was duly mopped-up with, allowing two runs as the Indians padded their lead. However, he did strike out two batters there, which is as many as the rest of the Diamondbacks pitchers managed in their eight innings of work combined.
The offense was far from impressive either, not managing a hit until after Cleveland starter Justin Masterson had left the game, Martin Prado singling to lead things off in the fifth. A walk and two strikeouts later, he came in to score our first (and only) run, on a Matt Tuiasosopo single. However, we did ourselves no favors at all against Masterson, running in to no less than three outs on the base-paths over the first four innings. Martin Prado got himself doubled off second; Evan Marzilli and Shelley Duncan appeared to botch a hit and run, and the latter was out at second, and on another apparent hit and run, Tony Campana was half-way from first to third when the ball was caught.
I think the less said about this one, the better, and we'll move rapidly on. It's a split-squad double-bill tomorrow. First, in the afternoon, we face the Dodgers at Camelback Ranch, then in the evening, the other half of our roster will be back at Salt River Fields for a "road" game against the Rockies. Wade Miley starts the night-cap, not quite clear at this point who'll pitch the day game.