It took 10 innings, but Arizona pulled out a come-from-behind victory in their chilly first game against MLB competition. Jeremy Hazelbaker and Michael Perez both hit home runs for the snakes while Brad Boxberger pitched a scoreless inning in his spring audition for the closer’s role. Yasmany Tomas had an adventurous day in the outfield but had a hit and a walk in his two plate appearances.
With the majority of the team’s veterans getting the day off, and no pitcher other than the game’s starter going more than three outs, Arizona’s young and hungry players came from behind and put together good at-bats late to secure a win over the rival Colorado Rockies.
Team manager Torey Lovullo isn’t wasting any at-bats this spring. Lovullo opened the season giving established veterans the day off and plans to continue the process of easing those players back into the mix over the five weeks of spring. This lets the players get re-acclimated to the team dynamic while also giving all the younger players trying to impress and win a spot on the roster every chance to do so.
Walker Continues to Hit Walls at First Base
Christian Walker can hit as well as anyone he has regularly played against. In 2017, he was named MVP of the PCL. Yet Walker continues to search for opportunities to break through onto a big league roster as he has been constantly blocked by big names on various parent clubs including; Chris Davis, Freddie Freeman, Joey Votto, and now, Paul Goldschmidt. Still, he isn’t bitter and continues to work on his game, including taking reps in left field for the past two seasons and now also taking reps at third base to try and make himself more appealing to big league decision makers.
Fernando Tatis Jr just turned 19 less than a month ago and is the youngest player in camp for any team in the majors. The young hitter slugged the first San Diego homer of the spring on Friday depositing an eighth inning pitch behind the right field bullpen.