Cactus League record: 12-10-2.
The fourth and fifth spots in the Arizona rotation for 2015 may still technically remain to be decided, but after today's outing, it's probably safe to pencil Chase Anderson into one of them. While he scattered six hits and two walks over six innings today, the hits were all singles, and led only to one San Diego run. That reduced Anderson's spring ERA to 1.84, with three earned runs allowed over 14.2 pre-season innings. He struck out four, which gives him a K:BB ratio of 10:6. He would certainly seem to have done little today to reduce his chances, and it wouldn't surprise me if there was a formal declaration before his next (and potentially, final) pre-season outing, scheduled for Tuesday.
The same can probably not be said for Allen Webster, who again failed to get through his second inning of work - though at least this time, he wasn't tossed out of the game. But he was lifted with two outs in the eighth, after a sequence going walk, two-run homer, single, wild pitch. Two runs over 1.2 innings lifted Webster's spring ERA to 8.18, and both its shortness and its results likely hammer the final nails into any chances of him making the rotation on Opening Day. Andrew Chafin got the final out, with Brad Ziegler and Jimmie Sherfy then tossing scoreless frames to preserve the tie.
We did out hit San Diego, by a margin of 13-10 over the ten innings. A.J. Pollock led the offense with a pair of hits, driving in our first two runs, while Jake Lamb also had two knocks, while David Peralta and Cliff Pennington each had a hit and a walk. Pennington, Nick Ahmed and Tuffy Gosewisch each had doubles for Arizona. Elsewhere, Trevor Cahill started in a Triple-A game against Cincinnati. He earned the win, allowing 4 runs (3 earned) on 7 hits over 5.2 innings with 1 walk and 6 strikeouts. According to Nick Piecoro, Cahill was "Behind in count a lot, but not hit hard."