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Diamondbacks 6, White Sox 2: Davidson helps his old team

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A four-run seventh, keyed by a pair of errors from former Diamondback Matt Davidson, proved the difference maker in this one.

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Cactus League record: 8-6-1

Remind me again who we got from the White Sox for Matt Davidson? Oh, Addison Reed. That's right.  Based on the very small sample size of this game, we appear to have won that trade, as back-to-back errors by the third baseman in the seventh, along with an unfortunate injury, allowed Arizona to load the bases with no outs in the seventh inning, without getting the ball out of the infield. The injury came when a line-drive off the bat of David Peralta pinged off the top of the right hand of pitcher Tyler Danish, and Arizona took full advantage: a sacrifice fly by Cliff Pennington scored one run, and was followed by RBI singles from Nick Buss, Walter Ibarra and Danny Dorn.

The game had been tied at two after six innings, both teams pitching well. Randall Delgado got the start for Arizona, and kept Chicago to one hit over three frames. However, that hit did leave SRF, the first run Delgado has conceded this spring, and he also walked two, while striking out two. He was followed by Robbie Ray, who according to Nick Piecoro, was "the best D-backs have seen",  K'ing six over four innings, overcoming some early command issues, and touching 96 mph. A.J. Schugel and Dan Runzler pitched mirror image scoreless eighth and ninth innings, each allowing no hits but walking one and striking out one, as we held the White Sox to four hits.

Our offense wasn't much less in check, managing seven hits and three walks, with Jordan Pacheco getting the only extra-base knock, a double. David Peralta had two of those seven, and drove in a pair, singling home A.J. Pollock and Aaron Hill in the first, to give Arizona an early 2-0 lead. Yasmany Tomas made his debut in right-field for Arizona: he went 0-for-2 with a strikeout, but his ability in right-field remains entirely untested, since there wasn't a single ball hit there in the six innings he played before coming out of the game. IIRC, didn't that happen the first time he played third-base too?

Tomorrow sees our fifth and final Cactus League contest against the San Francisco Giants, again over at Scottsdale. Josh Collmenter will star for Arizona, and hopefully, we'll do better than last time. Scoring a run would be a start...