Cactus League record: 6-7. Change on 2016: -3.5.
Patrick Corbin got the start for Arizona this afternoon at Camelback Ranch, and it seems to have been a bit of a mixed outing for him. The good side was the no walks and four strikeouts over 3.1 innings of work. The bad? Six hits and three runs allowed, all of them earned. Corbin allowed one run in each of the full frames that he worked. Former Diamondback Matt Davidson particularly enjoyed his at-bats, getting two RBI singles off Corbin, and had a solo HR off Randall Delgado in the fifth, so drove in all but one White Sox run. There was also a solo home-run off Corbin in the second, and his day ended after he struck-out the lead-off hitter for Chicago in the fourth.
J.J. Hoover vacuumed up the rest of that inning, before Delgado gave up his first run of spring. But that was it, as Enrique Burgos, Andrew Chafin and Erik Davis combined for three scoreless innings of one-hit ball. Davis struck out a pair in his perfect ninth, and the D-backs sat down the last eight White Sox hitters up. However, it wasn’t enough on a day where the offense was held to six hits and two runs, coming on solo homers by Chris Owings in the second (below)and Jake Lamb in the seventh (below). At least Oscar Hernandez is no longer in sole possession of the team HR lead this spring, that being Jake’s second shot of spring. He’s now hitting .529, with a 1.556 OPS.
Gregor Blanco had the only other extra-base hit for the D-backs, leading off the third, but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple. Chris Herrmann stole his first base of spring, but Arizona had only two at-bats with runners in scoring position, coming up empty both times. Next up for the Diamondbacks will be the Brewers, who travel to Salt River Fields for a televised contest tomorrow afternoon. Taijuan Walker, who has perhaps looked the most impressive of our starters to date, will try and extend his streak, not having allowed a run in an Arizona uniform over his five innings to date.