Taijuan Walker already clinched a spot in the rotation going into 2017, so going into his final start of the spring, results probably didn’t matter much. But don’t tell him that. Walker was excellent, pitching five scoreless innings en route to a 6-3 Diamondbacks win Thursday night.
Walker allowed just 4 hits, with no walks and 4 strikeouts over an quiet 68 pitches. The Indians hardly threatened while he was on he mound, getting only two baserunners into scoring position.
The bullpen had some other ideas, allowing 3 runs over the final 4 IP, with the damage being done by Silvino Bracho (1/3 IP, 2 ER) and T.J McFarland (1 IP, 1 ER). Archie Bradley closed things out and earned his first save of the Spring with 2 scoreless innings.
The offense did most of their damage through the first 5 innings, capitalizing on 2 Indians errors to score the first two runs. Jake Lamb smashed a 2-run triple and Yasmany Tomas followed with a sac fly to give the D-backs a 5-0 lead.
Key hitters for the D-backs were David Peralta (2-for-3, 1 R) and Jake Lamb (1-for-2, 1 R, 2 RBI).
The D-backs (15-14) finish up Spring Training tomorrow with a chance at a better than .500 record against this same Indians club tomorrow. Robbie Ray will close things up in the finale.