The penultimate game of Spring Training, and the first game at Chase Field of 2019, saw Luke Weaver face off against White Sox starter Erwin Santana. Weaver started off shaky, walking the first leadoff hitter Leury Garcia on four pitches and following up with a Yoan Moncada single to center that put runners on the corners with no outs. He almost got out of it, though, but when Moncada tried a two-out steal attempt, catcher John Ryan Murphy air-mailed the throw into center field, allowing Garcia to score from third.
Weaver was fantastic overall, however, going six full innings with a line of 2H, 0ER, 5K, 2BB. Not too shabby, and it completes Weaver’s very strong spring. Murphy, meanwhile, redeemed himself with a leadoff dinger to center on the first pitch he saw to lead off the third. The Diamondbacks took the lead in the fourth on a Ketel Marte RBI double. Jake Lamb also hit his first homer of the spring in the sixth. That was the good news.
Bad news, meanwhile, was that Yoshi Hirano, relieving Weaver in the seventh, got shelled for three runs and only went 2/3 of an inning. Archie Bradley’s rough spring continued as well, as he only lasted 2/3 in the eighth, giving up two more runs.
Biggest news is probably that Steven Souza Jr. is out with a “knee injury” he sustained crossing home plate on Marte’s RBI double in the fourth. The game wasn’t televised, so I didn’t see the injury described by the radio announcers, but it sounded bad—his left knee buckled as his foot struck home plate, he went down and stayed down for several minutes, and had to be “walked” off the field by coaches who appeared to be supporting just about his entire weight. More information on the injury is expected tomorrow. So that’s not good.
UPDATE: Here, alas, is the video of the play:
Souza scores but not without cost... pic.twitter.com/ndGmqdmzgW— darwin campbell (@dlcampbell00) March 26, 2019
[h/t MikeDavisAZ from the game day comments thread]
After the sixth, both teams swapped out a bunch of starters, and aside from the shelling of the back end of our bullpen, nothing else happened of note (aside from Greg Holland, our titular closer, putting up a zero in the ninth, pitching around a two-out double).
Last game of spring training takes place tomorrow, and it’s a getaway day game! 12:40pm start time, and this one will be televised. So tune in tomorrow, thanks for reading, and I’ll see you next week, when baseball counts again!