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Diamondbacks 7/3, Angels/Indians 2: Split-squad sweep

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A full roster? It's VASTLY over-rated... Half the Diamondbacks proved more than sufficient this afternoon, beating both the Angels in Tempe, and the Indians at Salt River Fields

Flashback Friday...
Flashback Friday...
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Cactus League record: 14-10-2.

Diamondbacks 7, Angels 2

Archie Bradley started for Arizona, and looked solid in holding a strong Angels line-up to one run over five innings of work. He scattered six hits and a walk, striking out two. He settled down after a shaky first inning, which included two hits, a hit batter and a stolen-base, though Steven Burt reckoned he "Probably should've given up more than the 1 run." Matt Reynolds worked a scoreless sixth, and Randall Delgado took things the rest of the way. A solo home-run, with one out in the eighth, proved to be the only base-runner Delgado allowed, and he struck out five over his three innings of work this afternoon.

After letting the Angels score first, the Diamondbacks roared back with a five-run second, taking advantage of some sloppy Anaheim play. A.J. Pollock had a two-run single there, with other RBI for Nick Ahmed, Mark Trumbo and Yasmany Tomas. Jordan Pacheco and Nick Buss followed suit in our two-run seventh. All told, we had 13 hits. Tomas had a good day, with two hits and a walk (though one of the hits should have been an out), and Jordan Pacheco had two hits and two walks, but it was Nick Evans who led the offense, with the first four-hit game of the season for the Diamondbacks. Nick Buss had a hit and a walk.

Diamondbacks 3, Indians 2

Josh Collmenter continued his ongoing dominance of spring opposition, throwing seven shutout innings and holding Cleveland to three hits. He walked two and struck out three, extending his scoreless streak in Cactus League games to 15 appearances and 32.2 innings of work. He was economic too, taking only 81 pitches to go that deep, 48 for strikes. He left with a 1-0 lead, but Evan Marshall blew that in the eighth on a one-out walk and double, After Arizona scored twice, Addison Reed came in for the save, giving up an unearned run and a walk. His velo was reportedly in the 91-93 mph range, up from 88-89 earlier in the week.

Not so much offense to report in this one, with a total of eight hits and two walks for Arizona. Chris Owings, Jake Lamb and Danny Dorn each had a pair of knocks, David Peralta got the Diamondbacks on the board with an RBI double in the bottom of the first, but we were then kept off the board until retaking the lead with two runs in the bottom of the eighth, on a Lamb RBI double and Blake Lalli sacrifice fly.

Tomorrow afternoon sees the team reunited (and it feels so good) for a game against the Kansas City Royals at Salt River Fields. First pitch is 4:10pm, with Jeremy Hellickson getting the start for the Diamondbacks.