Record: 6-3-1. Change on 2015: +1.
After having lost a couple of leads later on in games, it was the Diamondbacks' turn to take advantage of the roster turnover during the second-half, scoring five times from the sixth inning on. That helped pull out a win which probably was not justified based on the performance during the early going, though Shelby Miller pitched better, and wasn't helped by his defense. Indeed, there was a fair amount of sloppy play all round from the starting Diamondbacks, beginning in the top of the first inning, when Brandon Drury was out at home, trying to score from second on a wild pickoff attempt.
Things didn't improve in the bottom half. Rickie Weeks, playing left-field, apparently lost the ball in the sun, allowing it to clank off his glove for a one-out double, that came in to score on an RBI single by some guy called Mike Trout. He then stole second and took third as Tuffy Gosewisch threw away the ball. But Miller got some guy called Albert Pujols to pop up and escaped the inning. That "earned" run was the only score Miller allowed over his three innings of work. He allowed four hits and a walk, and helped himself with a pickoff, but is still looking for his strikeout as a Diamondback; he had none here, and posted no K's in his first outing either. More curious than of concern though.
Evan Marshall and Yoan Lopez followed Miller to the mound, each man allowing a run over their two innings of work, and giving up two hits. However, Marshall's run was unearned, as a Drury error allowed the lead-off man to reach second, eventually scoring from there to put the Angels 2-0 up. However, Arizona hit back in a big way in the sixth, when with two outs, Rickie Weeks walked and Peter O'Brien singled, setting up Jason Bourgeois with a chance to put the Diamondbacks on the board. He delivered, with his first home-run of spring, just staying fair down the left-field line:
After the Angels had tied things up again at three, the D-backs retook the lead with a two-run eighth. Zach Borenstein drove in Gabriel Guerrero with a triple, and a Todd Glaesmann sacrifice fly brought home Borenstein for the other tally, bringing fans more hypothetical spring tacos. Meanwhile Braden Shipley and Enrique Burgos tossed scoreless innings for the eighth and ninth, to preserve the win. O'Brien went 2-for-3, Drury had a hit and walk, and Weeks picked up a pair of walks and stole a base.
Tomorrow, it's a trip up to Surprise for the Diamondbacks, as they taken on the Royals. Patrick Corbin is the scheduled starter for that contest. I cannot guarantee any further Luis Buñuel references, however.