Another sellout crowd of 13,766 fans enjoyed another perfect spring day at Salt River Field
Despite being greeted by “Lets Go Dodgers” chants from the very first at bat, Matt Andriese came out firing strikes, working a very efficient 10 pitch first and 13 pitch second, for a scoreless 2 innings.
Meanwhile Shortstop Domingo Leyba drilled a line drive homerun over the 390 mark in RCF to give the DBacks a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first.
The 3rd inning did not start out well for Andriese however, as he walked the leadoff batter Josh Thole, and then threw wild to second base on a comebacker by Rocky Gale. Instead of turning a double play, there were 2 on with nobody out and Andriese was pulled form the game for Robby Scott. After the sidearming lefty made quick work of Joc Pederson, inducing some very off balance swings, things went south. Scott hit Justin Turner with a pitch and then gave up a long 2 RBI double to Cody Bellinger. After a sac fly and an RBI single by Chris Taylor, just like that it was 4-1 Dodgers.
The DBacks were not able to manage another hit after the Leyba homerun until Abraham Almonte’s leadoff double in the 5th. Kelby Tomlinson then walked to put 2 on and nobody out. However the DBacks were unable to capitalize as Caleb Joseph struck out and Tim Locastro hit into a 4-6-3 double play.
Arizona’s bullpen produced scoreless innings in the 4th, 5th, 6th, thanks to Kevin Ginkel , Joey Krehbiel , and Emilio Vargas to keep things close. But Vargas was roughed up a little in his second inning of work in the 7th. After a deep fly out to the warning track in RCF, Angelo Mora singled and Kyle Garlick hit a deep smash off the batters eye in dead center field above the 410 mark for a double, scoring Mora and making it 5-1 Dodgers. Vargas got out of the inning without any further damage however.
The tide turned in the bottom of the 7th against the Dodgers and reliever Josh Sborz. Christian Walker reached on an error, Socrates Brito hit a line drive double over a confused right fielder’s head, and Kelby Tomlinson drew a walk. Up came erstwhile magician Tyler Heineman , who drew a bases loaded walk driving in the DBacks 2nd run of the game. A sac fly and a strikeout later, The Dodgers brought in reliever Joe Broussard. He hit Wyatt Mathisen with a pitch to load the bases again, and up stepped Yasmany Tomas. El Tanque drilled a slicing liner on the first pitch he saw into the RCF gap for a bases clearing double, giving the DBacks a 6-5 lead through 7.
Bo Takahashi came on to pitch and despite some loud contact on a fly out and a double, he worked around the trouble by striking out two to escape the 8th unscathed. After a quiet DBacks half of the 8th, Bo came back out for the 9th and worked quickly, getting 2 ground outs and a K looking to preserve the come from behind victory.
The DBacks travel to Peoria tomorrow to face off against the Seattle Mariners at 1:10 PM Zack Godley gets the ball for his second spring start. He’ll hope it goes better than his first one which lasted just 1⁄3 of an inning. The game is on radio , 98.7
In today’s B Game in Tempe Illdemaro Vargas fouled a pitch off his knee, and is day to day.