Let's start with the offense for once, because we sometimes tend to forget them. David Peralta, Ender Inciarte and Mark Trumbo did their best to remedy that situation this afternoon, combining to go 8-for-9 with two walks, scoring five runs and driving in four. They also had three of the Diamondbacks' four extra-base hits on the day, the other being a Jake Lamb RBI triple. The rest of the position players managed a total of three hits and a walk between them. Inciarte also stole his fourth base of the season, though Peralta committed an error. Quite a bit of the latter around, actually: four in total, two by Lamb, with Blake Lalli also getting in on the E-action.
It was also an Archie Bradley start, and by all accounts, he did little to refute the notion that he was not mounting a credible challenge to, say, Rubby de la Rosa. He scattered five hits over four innings, walking none, striking out three, and allowing a pair of unearned runs as a result of the Lamb gaffes. Updating the lines provided in the Gameday thread, here's how the numbers stack up for Bradley and de la Rosa
Bradley: 11.1 IP, 12 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 0 HR, 2 BB, 10 K, 2.38 ERA
De La Rosa: 12 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 HR, 10 BB, 11 K, 3.75 ERA
The difference in hits is largely down to BABIP: if my back-of-the-envelope math is rightish, De La Rosa is at .219, while Bradley is at .324. The K-rate is clearly similar, but there's no doubt who has shown much better control. One wonders if this post-game comment by Archie was perhaps a swipe - unconsciously, one presumes - at Stewart and/or De La Rosa:
Also said he's not concerned about his velo. Would rather get outs at 93-94 than walks at 95-96— Zach Buchanan (@azc_zachb) March 21, 2015
Randall Delgado followed, but the fact he threw only two innings does tend to suggest he is not being considered for a rotation spot any longer, something basically confirmed by Chip Hale in his post-game presser. Matt Reynolds allowed a solo home-run, Enrique Burgos struck out the side around a hit in the eighth (and now has seven K's in seven spring innings) and Dan Runzler picked up the save for a scoreless ninth, though did put the tying run on base.
Tomorrow, I'll be heading to SRF for my first - and likely, only! - experience of spring baseball on the lawn as we take on the Rockies. With Mrs. SnakePit having to work, I have a spare lawn ticket, so hit me up if you want it. The game is already a sellout - as asteroid sadly found out when trying to by tickets for her and her other half - but hope to see some of you low down on the right-field side of the grass. Robbie Ray starts for Arizona, and we should also get to see the first Cactus League appearance of Brad Ziegler.