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Game #52: Diamondbacks @ Mets

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And we roll on to the second game in today's double-header, with Zeke Spruill making his first appearance of the season for Arizona. Can we sweep the Mets in New York, as they swept us in Arizona?

Norm Hall

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Zeke Spruill
LHP, 0-0, N/A
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Daisuke Matsuzaka
RHP, 1-0, 2.14

Diamondbacks Lineup

  1. A.J. Pollock - CF
  2. Gerardo Parra - RF
  3. Paul Goldschmidt - 1B
  4. Aaron Hill - 2B
  5. Martin Prado - 3B
  6. Cody Ross - LF
  7. Chris Owings - SS
  8. Tuffy Gosewisch - C
  9. Zeke Spruill - P

I'll keep this short, since there's a very quick turnaround today. This isn't a day-night double-header, there will be only 30 minutes between the end of the first game and the start of the second, and I'm still waiting for the line-up we'll use in Part TWo. Hard to know what to expect from Spruill; he has only 11.1 innings in the majors, last season, when he put up a 5.56 ERA on 17 hits and five walks. For the Reno Aces, he has pitched both as a starter and out of the bullpen, and has a 4.72 ERA over 34.1 innings this year, in 12 appearances, including five starts. He has won last two starts without allowing a run, over 13.1 innings; he pitched on the 20th in Tacoma, blanking the Rainiers for six innings.

Matsusaka has been a reliever his season for the Mets, so this'll be his first start. Be interesting to see how that works out for him. He did throw 56 pitches in a long relief outing on May 13, but his last appearance was only three days ago, albeit only a nine-pitch outing. I can't  see him going tremendously deep into this one. After some shuffling around, ish95 will be bringing you this recap, with Turambar beer-capping Tuesday night instead. And with that, I'm off to the supermarket for supplies!