Record 12-3-1. Change on 2015: +3.
Now averaging over seven runs per spring game, Arizona took full advantage of a start by a pitcher for the Reds who had never appeared above Double-A. The Diamondbacks drubbed Timothy Adelman for seven runs, and he was lifted without recording an out in the second inning. Arizona scored two in the first, on RBI singles by Jake Lamb and Paul Goldschmidt, then poured it on in the second, batting around. Chris Owings, Jean Segura, Goldschmidt and Welington Castillo drove in the runs there, then Castillo and Jason Bourgeois added more in the fourth. A fielder's choice by Joaquin Arias in the seventh brought Arizona into double figures for the fourth time in the last 11 games.
All told, there were 16 hits for the Diamondbacks tonight. That includes three apiece for Goldschmidt and Segura, with the latter now leading the team with 14 hits and a .583 average. Socrates Brito and Castillo each picked up a pair - Beef's 1.548 OPS continues to lead the team there - with Jake Lamb picking up a hit and a walk. Even Patrick Corbin got in the act, delivering our first hit by a starting pitche, with a ground-rule double to get that five-run second inning started. The offense is clearly firing on all cylinders, with a Cactus League line of .323/.377/.521, and the 114 runs scored is seventeen more than any other team here. I just hope it carries over into regular play.
Corbin also looked pretty solid on the mound tonight, pitching into the fifth inning, though he was lifted by Chip Hale after issuing a lead-off walk there. He scattered three hits and two walks over his four innings, allowing two runs, but one of those was unearned, the walk coming round to score due to an error by his replacement. Sam LeCure. Perhaps most impressively, Corbin struck out six batters tonight, including Eugenio Suarez twice, and also a familiar name, ex-Diamondback Jordan Pacheco. With one exception, the bullpen was mostly solid, LeCure being joined in scoreless innings by Evan Marshall, Wesley Wright and Jake Barrett, the last fanning the side in the ninth.
That one exception was Josh Collmenter, who continues to struggle with the gopher ball. It was a three-run shot tonight, his fourth allowed in just eight innings of work. He was tagged for three hits and a walk in a four-run seventh, and his preseason ERA is now in double digits. Still, it's only spring training, so these results are probably meaningless. Unlike our offense, of course, which is clearly a true and accurate representation of what we can expect come Opening Day, amIrite?
Archie Bradley starts tomorrow, as the Cubs try and stand in the face of the currently unstoppable force which is the Diamondbacks. Back to day games there, with a 1:05pm first pitch, Arizona time.