Record: 5-3-1. Change on 2018: +2.5. 5-inning record: 5-2-2.
Silvino Bracho and Braden Shipley combined to allow Seattle a four-run sixth inning this afternoon in Peoria, turning a one-run Diamondbacks lead into a deficit. More concerning for Arizona. Bracho’s departure was apparently injury-related, walking off the field with two outs in the inning alongside walking off the field with trainer Ryan Dipanfilo. We’re still waiting for word on what the issue was, but Jeff Wiser said Bracho was “clearly feeling discomfort.” After a season where Brachon was integral to the flexibility of the pen, and performed very well in that role, a more permanent spot seemed his to lose. That, however, will now have to wait for a medical update.
Up until that frame, the day had been going quite well for the Diamondbacks. In particular, Zack Godley seemed largely to have overcome the yips which truncated his first start of spring, after only one out. Today, he went three scoreless innings on two hits and a walk with three strikeouts, without much sign of that troublesome “falling off the mound” thing. Sure, Godley’s ERA is still 8.10 for the pre-season; however, that’s still literally one-tenth of what it was when he took the mount this afternoon. We’ll take it. Andrew Chafin followed, but had a tough inning, allowing hits to the first two batters faced, both of whom came round to score. Chafin did follow up with a scoreless fifth.
That brought in Bracho, along with the usual bunch of other replacement players, and the game quickly went south. After a lead-off single, Bracho got the next two batters, before a walk and his untimely departure. It took Shipley four attempts to get that pesky third out, allowing both runners he inherited to score, as well as two on his own line. Rickie Nolasco came in to mop up, though fell one man short of pitching the remaining two innings, Joel Payamps recording the final out instead. And as I type, Steve Gilbert says it was elbow pain which drove Bracho from the game. He “will see team doctor tonight and be further evaluated.” Not a good sign, to put it mildly.
The offense were fairly subdued. C Carson Kelly doubled home the first run in the second inning, and back-to-back RBI doubles from CF Ketel Marte and 2B Wilmer Flores gave the Diamondbacks a brief lead in the fifth inning. Flores had two of Arizona’s eight hits, but the K:BB ratio this afternoon for our hitters was an ugly 11:1. Tomorrow, the Reds will be the visitors at Salt River Fields, with Luke Weaver the scheduled starter.