Record: 3-3. Change on 2017: +1.
It is some comfort that Bradin Hagens and Anthony Vasquez are most unlikely to come within sniffing distance of a ninth-inning lead for the Diamondbacks this year. The odds of such a happening were already kinda slim, but have likely shrunk to microscopic levels, after the pair combined to allow six runs while retiring one batter in the ninth inning. That unimpressive performance climaxed in Vasquez serving up a walk-off grand-slam from former D-back Kyle Jensen - if you’d forgotten (and I wouldn’t blame you), he got 31 plate-appearances for the 2016 incarnation of the Diamondbacks. There were no grand-slams involved there.
Let’s just say, as the final score suggests, this afternoon was overall rather better for hitters than pitchers, on both sides. For the sides combined to score 26 runs on 25 hits and 16 walks over their total 17.1 innings of work. Ouch. Taijuan Walker allowed a run on two hits in his first and only inning of work - his day curtailed by a Joe Panik AB which went into double-digit pitches. Walker did strike out two batters though. Joey Krehbiel and Jared Miller worked scoreless innings, but Archie Bradley struggled with his control, walking three batters and allowing two hits over 1.1. innings of work. He was charged with four earned run, striking out one. Jake Barrett tossed a scoreless seventh. We’ll draw a veil over the rest.
Hey! Offense! 11 hits and 6 walks, though all of ours stayed in the park. Kevin Cron doubled, singled and drove in two, while Chris Owings and Ildemaro Vargas each got a hit and a walk for the Diamondbacks. The visitors certainly took advantage of the home team’s poor defense: four Giants’ errors were converted into no less than eight unearned runs by the D-backs. Most of those came in our six-run fifth inning, which temporarily gave Arizona 10-2 lead, apparently well on their way to an easy win. It was not quite fated to be... Here’s to the team getting better pitching tomorrow, when we face the Rockies again, back at Salt River Fields. Patrick Corbin is the scheduled starter there.