Cactus League record: 3-1.
It was quiet going early on. Josh Collmenter started for the Diamondbacks, and faced the minimum through his two innings: a lead-off hit in the first was erased immediately by a double-play, and he then retired the next four batters to complete his first Cactus League appearance. Andrew Chafin followed, and though his first two innings were about as uneventful, an effort to stretch him to a third went wrong, as the three batters he saw went homer, double, RBI single, giving Seattle two runs, and ending Chafin's afternoon. Gabriel Arias came in and cleaned up the resulting mess.
The Diamondbacks tied it up immediately in the sixth. They'd first got on the board in the fourth on Mark Trumbo's first home-run of 2015, and Yasmany Tomas led off the sixth with his first hit for Arizona, a double breaking his 0-for-11 opening to his career with us. He was lifted for a pinch-runner, and Aaron Hill followed by opening his account too, delivering an RBI single to knot things up at two.
Back on the mound, Tim Crabbe wobbled his way through 1.2 scoreless innings, despite allowing four hits and a walk. Dan Runzler stranded two for the final out of the seventh, but gave up the go-ahead run in the eighth, after a lead-off triple, putting the Mariners 3-2 up. However, the D-backs still had some life left. Nick Evans led off by reaching on an error, and came around from first to score the tying run on a double by Jamie Romak, who then came home on another double, by Blake Lalli. Jeremy Accardo worked a 1-2-3 ninth for the save, Runzler getting a largely-undeserved W.
Trumbo led the offense, doubling in addition to his home-run, while Danny Dorn also picked up a pair of hits. No errors by the Diamondbacks, though Jordan Pacheco was thrown out stealing, on what I presume was likely a botched hit-and-run. It's back to Salt River Fields for the Diamondbacks tomorrow afternoon, as they take on the Giants in front of what may well be a packed house. Jeremy Hellickson will face off against Jake Peavy in that one, with the first pitch at 1:10pm. Remember to not adjust your clocks tonight, folks!