Record 17-4-1. Change on 2015: +5.
The Diamondbacks bats were unusually quiet this evening at Salt River Fields, failing to provide tacos for only the third Cactus League day. But it proved just enough for the team to edge Milwaukee. The pitchers mostly held firm, though it was a night to forget for third baseman Jake Lamb, who committed three errors. Two of those came in the first inning, and helped Milwaukee score an unearned run off Patrick Corbin. However, that was all Corbin would allow, as he joined Greinke in working into the sixth inning. For much of the evening, there was traffic on the basepaths, but the Brewers went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position.
Corbin's final line was 5.2 innings of work, allowing five hits and a walk with an impressive seven strikeouts, and just that unearned run allowed. Tonight's performance dropped his spring ERA to 0.63, and he threw a total of 74 pitches, 47 for strikes. As with Zack Greinke, you get the feeling Corbin is just about ready to go now, and his remaining couple of outings between now and the start of the season will largely be keeping his arm in. Daniel Hudson worked 1.2 scoreless, though Brad Ziegler allowed a run on a pair of hits in the eighth. Silvino Bracho worked a perfect ninth inning, and vultured the win.
Arizona's bats struggled early; through the front five innings, we could only muster one hit, a double by Ahmed, and had struck out seven times. However, we finally got on the board in the sixth, after Paul Goldschmidt drilled a line-drive triple over the head of the center-fielder (below), and Yasmany Tomas brought pinch-runner Peter O'Brien home with a swinging bunt, on which the Brewers' third baseman couldn't make a play. After falling behind in the eighth. Jason Bourgeois re-tied things up with an RBI single, setting the table for the ninth, where Nick Ahmed picked up his third hit with a line-drive to left, scoring Todd Glaesmann from third for the win.
The D-backs managed just six hits in total - half of those by Ahmed - but had another good performance with regard to plate discipline, drawing six walks compared to nine strikeouts. Ahmed was the only batter to reach safely more than once, although Jean Segura stole both second and third base in the opening inning. The pitchers also did well in the K:BB stakes, fanning 11 Brewers while walking one. Tomorrow, it's the final night game of spring at Salt River, with the San Francisco Giants visiting. First pitch there is scheduled a little later, at 7:10pm.