Today’s game was somewhat unusual to follow as it was a “webcast” on MLB.com, with visual and stadium sound, but no announcers. I actually kinda liked it once I got used to it. Gameday did not have any pitch info, just at bat results. Pitch info on gameday would have been helpful perhaps.
Adam Jones was the hitting star, leading off the game with a solo homerun to left off Dodger starter Dennis Santana. He also delivered a bases loaded single in the 2nd, and just for good measure, a bases loaded HBP in the 6th, to finish his day 2 for 3 with 4 RBI
Christian Walker added to his excellent spring totals with a triple, two walks, and 3 runs scored.
Matt Koch however was probably the biggest story of the game, as he pitched into the 6th inning. This was his best outing of the spring. Through 5 he had allowed just 3 hits, including a Justin Turner solo HR, and although he allowed 2 singles in the 6th, and one of the inherited runners scored, his final line was excellent.
5 IP, 2 ER, 5 hits, 1 HR, ZERO walks, and 6 K’s.
With the DBacks starters outscoring the Dodger starters 6-2 through 6 innings, the reserves started to come into the game and Arizona tacked on 4 more runs, the highlight being a Pavin Smith 2 run homer to right in the 9th inning. The ever present Ildemaro Vargas chipped in with an RBI double as well.
There were a few good defensive plays of note. Steven Souza Jr had two running catches coming in, one in foul territory in the first, and another to snag a blooper behind 2b in shallow RF as 3 fielders converged. I was thinking don’t dive don’t dive !, and fortunately he didn’t. Socrates Brito also made a diving catch on a sinking liner in CF to save a run.
The DBacks face the Giants tomorrow at Scottsdale Stadium at 1:05 P.M. Robbie Ray gets the start in his final Spring Training tuneup.