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Diamondbacks 8/3, Padres 8/Angels 5

Mixed results for the Diamondbacks here, although in both games, they had the lead after five innings.

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Record: 4-3-1. Change on 2015: 0.

Diamondbacks 8 @ Padres 8

The opening game saw the Diamondbacks and Padres play to a tie over in Peoria, the Diamondbacks blowing a five-run lead, achieved courtesy of a second inning in which they scored six times. Jean Segura continued his very hot start, getting three hits out of the leadoff spot, to boost his spring average to .692, and also made a dazzling play on defense, though was caught stealing second-base twice. Todd Glaesmann went 2-for-2 with a walk, and Paul Goldschmidt also had a pair of hits. Jake Lamb clubbed his first home-run of spring and also walked, while Peter O'Brien went deep too for his opening long-ball, though struck out three times.

Zack Godley became the first Diamondbacks pitcher to throw three innings, allowing three runs, though only one of those was earned (albeit due to his own error). He gave up three hits, but walked none and struck out a pair of Padres. There's some...discussion over the rest of the pitching lines. According to Gameday, Randall Delgado gave up four runs in his second inning of work, but Preston assures us that those runs should have been charged to Adam Loewen, which is probably both better and more plausible, Delgado working a scoreless fifth. Kaleb Fleck had a good outing, striking out all three batters he faced in the seventh. According to Gameday, anyway...

This game was called as a tie after nine innings, the sides deciding not to bother with even the token tenth inning commonly played in spring training. A light crowd for this one on the west side, only 3,829 in attendance

Diamondbacks 3, Angels 5

Robbie Ray was the started in the afternoon-cap of today's double-header and followed Godley in working three innings - however, Ray was even more impressive, tossing three scoreless innings of two-hit ball, with a walk and three strikeouts. That's five scoreless innings for Ray so far, with six strikeouts, and he would appear to have the early lead in the race for the fifth spot in the Diamondbacks rotation, though there's a long way to go yet. He was staked to a three-run lead, Brandon Drury driving in the first with a double, then scoring the second on a pair of wild pitches. A Socrates Brito double in the third made it 3-0 to Arizona at that point.

However, as in Peoria, the pitching staff were not able to hold that lead in the second half. Josh Collmenter was the main villain of the piece, giving up a pair of two-run homers in the sixth inning. Daniel Hudson allowed a run as well, in the fourth, on two hits, but there was more success for Tyler Clippard, who worked a scoreless fifth. Socrates Brito continued his strong push for consideration, going 3-for-3, and Drury had a pair of hits, but the rest of the offense didn't have very much success, everyone else managing only a solitary hit between them, that going to Chris Owings.

Tomorrow, it's back to just the one contest - we face the Padres again, this time on home turf at Salt River Fields. First pitch is 1:10pm. That's scheduled to be a Zack Greinke start, so that should draw a lot of interest.