Cactus League record: 15-15-2. Change on 2016: -8.
Spring training has come to an end, in front of a crowd officially listed at 11,879, but that was probably being generous, to put it mildly. The Diamondbacks negotiated things without appearing to suffer any significant injuries - and, let’s face it, that’s probably the most important thing. Robbie Ray allowed three runs over his four innings, on five hits, with two walks and five K’s. He was touched for a couple of home runs in the second, and seemed to have some problems locating his off-speed stuff early on. He ended up throwing 80 pitches.
The game was largely decided by an ugly sixth inning, which saw the Indians score five times. Kaleb Fleck and Tom Wilhelmsen were the culprits, the latter apparently also having some hellish issues with catcher Jeff Mathis - there were three passed balls and a wild pitch included in Wilhelmsen’s 23 pitches. [Mathis was charged with just one passed ball over 2015 and 2016 combined] Randall Delgado, Jorge De La Rosa and Fernando Rodney tidied things up, each throwing a scoreless frame.
David Peralta and Yasmany Tomas each had a pair of hits for the Diamondbacks, the latter raising his spring average to .115. Mathis picked up a hit and a walk, but Zach Borenstein was charged with an error. We’re still waiting for the final roster spots to be announced, with Torey Lovullo’s post-game presser about to begin. Stay tuned for details of that, in its own post, when the Opening Day 25 is announced.