Record 20-4-3. Change on 2015: +6.5
Arizona took a comfortable four-run lead into the bottom of the ninth. Peter O'Brien had delivered notional spring tacos (7+ runs or better) with another trademark blast when we were down to our last strike, this one going over the batter's eye in center for his fifth HR of spring. However, things then went very badly wrong. While not helped by the defense,. Sam LeCure and Wesley Wright, two contenders for the last bullpen spot combined to allow four runs on five hits and a walk in the bottom of the ninth; LeCure allowed a three-run homer without getting anybody out, then Wright blew the save by retiring one of the first four hitters he saw, before stranding the losing run on second.
That overshadowed another solid game for the D-backs. Patrick Corbin looked particularly good first time through the order, retiring 11 in a row to start his day. The streak ended with a pitch up in the zone being deposited onto the left-field berm, and Corbin seemed to lose focus a bit thereafter; the Brewers took advantage of more high offerings with some extra-base knocks and loud outs. However, Pat still got through 6.2 innings, allowing six hits and no walks with seven K's. He was charged with three runs all earned, putting his spring ERA at a very respectable 1.71. Enrique Burgos got the final out, and Tyler Clippard worked a scoreless eighth, before things went south.
The Diamondbacks offense certainly did its part, getting a total of 15 hits. Brandon Drury in particular had himself a day, collecting four hits scoring three times and falling a triple short of the cycle - the home-run was his fourth of spring, though he did TOOTBLAN in the eighth, almost costing us those notional spring tacos. Paul Goldschmidt got in on the long-ball action with his second (below). also picking up Arizona's only walk. There were two hits for Jean Segura too, including a triple, which kepts his batting average above the .500 mark because BABIP. Ricke Weeks stole second, Jason Bourgeois didn't, and Wright was charged with an error as part of that nauseating ninth.
Tomorrow will be a test for the streak, as Arizona has a pair of split-squad games, the final such day of this spring. Half the team, including starting pitcher Rubby De La Rosa, will face the Colorado Rockies at Salt River Field. The other half, led by their starter, Yoan Lopez, will make the trip up to Surprise, and face the Texas Rangers. Both games start a little after 1pm, and will be on MLB.TV, with the Colorado game on Fox Sports Arizona and Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.