It was, very much, an early spring training game. While the starting line-up may have looked vaguely recognizable, it wasn't long before the scorecard resembled a veritable Who's He? of Diamondbacks players. Some of the regulars were lifted after one at-bat, including Paul Goldschmidt, who singled in his first plate-appearance since breaking his hand and missing the final third of last season. Aaron Hill and Cody Ross were also members of the "one and done" club, though Yasmany Tomas lasted longer, picking up his first hit in his second PA, with a single. Jake Lamb lasted longest, going 0-for-3.
The game was scoreless until the bottom of the fifth. Tomas's single was followed by a well-executed hit and run from he and Tuffy Gosewisch, to put runners on the corners with no outs. However, the next batter grounded out, with Tomas being caught in a rundown, and it looked like Arizona might squander the chance, until Danny Dorn smacked a ground-rule double with two outs and the bases loaded, to put Arizona on the board with its first two tallies. Ben Francisco and Brandon Drury added RBI in a two-run eighth, to provide the final margin of victory. Arizona's seven hits and four walks were recorded by 11 different players.
On the mound, Andrew Chafin got the start, and worked two innings, striking out three around a hit. Justin Marks followed Chafin to the mound and looked wobbly in his first frame, putting two on, but settled down to record another pair of scoreless innings, also with three strikeouts. Five relievers completed the six-hit shutout of ASU, All of them allowed at least one base-runner - Enrique Burgos gave up a pair of hits in the eighth inning - but a pair of nicely-timed double-play balls helped keep the Sun Devils off the board, as a crowd of 6,655 watched the game.
Proper Cactus League action begins tomorrow afternoon, with the Diamondbacks taking on their complex siblings at Salt River, the Colorado Rockies. Rubby de la Rosa is the starter for Arizona.