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Diamondbacks 12/10, Giants 2/5: No mercy in spring

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The Diamondbacks had their biggest offensive day in almost three years, pounding the reigning World Series champions in both halves of their split-squad game.

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Cactus League record: 5-1.

I think, in total, the 22 runs scored was the most Arizona has put up in a single day since March 29, 2011, when they beat the Cubs 15-8 on the same day they also beat Monterrey 11-4. If you're looking for purely major-league teams, ESPN reckons that on March 16, 2003 we beat both the White Sox and Royals 15-1. Not sure how much I credit that. Still, regardless: a day like this has been a long time coming. Sure, it's spring, and meaningless. But you know what? Better to be on the giving than receiving end of a whipping like this one.

Diamondbacks 12, Giants 2

In the Scottsdale leg of the split-squad game, the contest was broken open by a five-run fourth for Arizona, but there was plenty of offense to go around, as we totaled 14 hits. Ender Inciarte, Nick Ahmed and David Peralta each had a pair of knocks, while Jake Lamb, Danny Dorn and Aaron Hill all had a hit and a walk. The offense did a good job of converting their opportunities, going 6-for-15 with runners in scoring position. Gerald Laird and Jamie Romak each had triples, with doubles by Lamb, Hill and Ahmed.

Our pitchers blanked San Francisco for the first seven innings, led by Jeremy Hellickson's two scoreless frames, allowing a hit but no walks, and a strikeout. After a scoreless inning by Oliver Perez, A.J. Schugel threw a pair of impressive frames, retiring all six batters faced with one K. Justin Marks then put up a pair of zeroes on one hit, but Bradin Hagens lost the shutout bid, giving up four hits and two runs in the eighth, before Seth Simmons pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, including a pair of strikeouts.

Diamondbacks 10, Giants 5

Another 14 hits here, including some big bops, with Mark Trumbo crushing his second home-run of spring in the third, a two-run shot, an inning after Brandon Drury had also gone yard with his own two-run blast. A five-run fifth inning was decisive here, highlighted by Danny Worth's two-run double. Worth was one of four players with two hits; Paul Goldschmidt, A.J. Pollock and Drury also did so, each getting a walk as well. Peter O'Brien had a hit and a walk, and Yasmany Tomas tripled, though was charged with his first error as a Diamondback.

There was a less auspicious debut for our other Cuban, as the Giants hit for the cycle plus against Yoan Lopez in the third inning. He didn't get through his two innings of work, giving up six hits and four runs in 1.2 innings. However, Daniel Hudson looked fine in his two scoreless innings which got things started, throwing 35 pitches, 24 for strikes and touching 94 mph on a couple of occasions. He gave up a hit and struck out a batter. Pick of our other pitchers was J.C. Ramirez, who struck out four batters in two perfect frames. Evan Marshall worked a scoreless eighth despite a couple of hits.

There was a record crowd for Salt River Fields at the game, 12,976 breaking the previous mark of 12,871, set last year on March 16 against the Brewers Tomorrow, it's back over to the West side of town and Camelback Ranch, as the Diamondbacks take on the White Sox, with Chase Anderson starting.