Record: 8-9-2. Change on 2018: -1. 5-inning record: 8-8-3.
Matt Andriese was the starting pitcher on a breezy - yet at least dry - afternoon at Salt River Fields, and his performance was a bit of a mixed bag. On the plus side, he struck out six and walked none over his 4.1 innings. But he was still charged with four runs on five hits. This was partly most of those hits being for extra-bases, including a home-run to Charlie Blackmon, and partly the Rockies being very efficient. They scored five runs today, despite having just one hit with runners in scoring position: two came on solo home-runs, plus others on a run-scoring ground-out and a sacrifice fly. So, I guess Andriese was a bit unfortunate in that regard.
After Marc Rzepczynski tidied up the fifth inning, Jimmie Sherfy’s spring struggles continued, with a home-run to Trevor Story. Though if he’s the last D-back pitcher to suffer that fate this year, I’ll be quite surprised. It is the first home-run he has allowed this year, but he has a spring ERA of 5.14 over seven innings, with a K:BB of 7:4, so a couple of walks too many as well. Robbie Scott and Joey Krehbiel took things the rest of the way, each man pitching a hitless frame.
The D-backs offense struggled after a brisk opening. LF David Peralta got them on the board in the first, his single scoring 2B Wilmer Flores, who had doubled with two outs. But that was Arizona’s only RISP hit of the day, and they managed just two at-bats with men in scoring position the rest of the way. RF Matt Szczur hit his first home-run of the season, scoring Nick Ahmed with no outs in the second inning, to give Arizona a 3-0 lead. But the D-backs were held three hits thereafter, and had a messy 10:0 K:BB ratio overall; C Carson Kelly had a double.
Tomorrow, the D-backs are the genuine “home” team at Salt River, facing the San Francisco Giants. Luke Weaver starts for Arizona.