Record: 12-16-2. Change on 2018: -1. 5-inning record: 12-13-5.
Another spring training at Salt River Fields is in the books, ending with a sell-out Sunday crowd of 13,488. They did not, however, get to witness a Diamondbacks’ victory - though it was Arizona’s fourth defeat in a row by one run. Better get them all out of the way now... Zack Godley made his final warm-up start and wasn’t bad. He went six innings, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk, with three strikeouts. Marc Rzepczynski had a bit of a rough seventh innings, allowing a run on three hits and a walk, before clean innings from Matt Andriese (actually four outs for him) and Andrew Chafin.
The D-backs offense continued to struggle, managing only seven hits and five walks, obtained by twelve different hitters. LF Matt Szczur had Arizona’s only extra-base hit, a double. Arizona took the lead on CF Jarrod Dyson’s single in the third inning, before Milwaukee scored single runs in the fourth and fifth, then extended their lead to 3-1 in the seventh. PH Alek Thomas singled home 1B Pavin Smith in the eighth, making it a one-run game, but the D-backs weren’t able to get any closer. 3B Drew Ellis walked to lead off the ninth, but CF-RF Marcus Wilson immediately hit into a double-play.
Arizona also made a trio of roster moves this afternoon. First, they returned Rule 5 pick, pitcher Nick Green to the Yankees. His control had left a lot to be desired, walking 11 in only 13.1 innings. After the game infielder Ildemaro Vargas was optioned to Reno and Rzepczynski got reassigned to minor-league camp. That leaves the team with 27 players remaining, so we just need to figure out which two remain to be cut. More on that later tonight.