Record: 11-3-1. Change on 2015: +4.
Not quite as unstoppable as the score suggests, half of the Diamondbacks' runs here came in the last two innings. Brandon Drury and Jake Lamb had RBI hits in the seventh, then Phil Gosselin added a two-run homer in the eighth, to pad the final margin of victory, in a game which had been pretty close through the first six frames. Indeed, Arizona had to come from behind to win this one, after Seattle scored three times off Zack Greinke's third inning of work, to take a 3-2 lead. However, Peter O'Brien and Nick Ahmed responded in the fourth, each driving in a run, as the Diamondbacks retook the advantage.
Arizona had also scored first, getting on the board with small ball in the first as Chris Owings singled, stole second and took third on an error, then came home on a ground-out from Socrates Brito. The advantage was doubled in the second inning, when Ahmed singled Lamb in for another score. All told, Arizona continued their hot offense with 13 hits for the afternoon. Owings picked up a pair, and the Diamondbacks' only walk (our K:BB ratio does remain an issue of some concern), with Lamb also picking up too, but Ahmed leading the way, going 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI, to raise his spring average to .440/
On the pitching front, Greinke got through his first two innings without any bother, allowing a two-out single in the second. But his third inning began with a hit by pitch, and he couldn't get the third out until after, first, an RBI triple, and then, a two-run homer. He got the first two outs in the fourth, but was lifted after then allowing a single, to end the day with a line of three runs over 3.2 innings, on six hits. Zack walked none and struck out a pair, throwing a total of 65 pitches, 46 for strikes. He also got his first at-bat as a Diamondback, striking out with a pair of men on base in the second inning.
The bullpen combined for 5.1 scoreless innings, albeit of variable effectiveness. Daniel Hudson worked two of those. scattering two hits and a walk with a pair of K's, and was followed by Tyler Clippard, who managed both to load the bases and strike out the side in the seventh. Randall Delgado took things the rest of the way, with three hits and a pair of K's over his two innings. There's a day off for the Diamondbacks tomorrow, before they seek to extend their unbeaten run further still on Wednesday against the Reds