“It’s not going to change the timing of what I do, because I usually have the lineup prepared the day before for the next day, ........ It’s not going to impact how I construct the lineup whatsoever or potentially change the lineup”
“What I’ll say on the record is that it’s not a forced situation. They are not asking us to do it by a certain time, a certain way. I still have the freedom to operate the exact same way. Everything is the same “
The DBacks communications department was able to give further clarification. The Manager or whoever he designates gives the lineup to the PR Dept who then in turn sends it to MLB via e mail before it can be posted in the clubhouse for Media to see or can be tweeted out. It doesn’t change the process for the manager. The only thing it delays is the lineup being posted in the clubhouse for media to see. It will be posted behind the scenes for the players to see however. (This part is a little different than I have seen reported elsewhere but thats what I was told directly by DBacks PR dept)
It will not affect the manager whatsoever. This process has been in place for spring training already. Once it is emailed out to MLB , they are to wait approximately 15 minutes for acknowledgment from MLB before it is to be posted on Twitter, put out in the press box, etc.
In the case of a late scratch they can announce immediately to the people at the ballpark, it is not required to inform MLB first, however MLB is informed roughly the same time.
So with that piece of interest out of the way, on to the game
Zack Greinke took the mound against Trevor Bauer, which would be a marquee matchup during the regular season. Greinke gave up a hit in the top of the first, and then a groundball was hit to Wilmer Flores at 2nd, who seemed a little slow on the relay to Nick Ahmed. The force at 2nd was executed, but Jason Kipnis was easily safe at first. I think last year that DP gets turned, but it’s early...right ? ;) After a flyout by Roberto Perez, Kelby Tomlinson failed to field a ball down to 3rd base cleanly for a E5 , but Zack struck out Trayce Thompson to end in the inning.
The bottom of the first saw some DBacks fireworks. After a sharp single up the middle by Ketel Marte, Wilmer Flores stepped in , and did this to a 2 seam fastball left up by Bauer:
No power outage for Wilmer Flores, who demolishes a Trevor Bauer fastball well onto the berm. Flores' first HR this spring, but his 6th and 7th RBI. pic.twitter.com/jj9QNqsAmn— FOX Sports Arizona (@FOXSPORTSAZ) March 7, 2019
That would be all the scoring for the DBacks in the inning. The top of the 2nd saw Greinke struggling with his fastball command, as he hit the leadoff batter, and also walked 2 in the inning, all coming on the fastball. However he struckout Leonys Martin and Kipnis on changeups to get out of the jam. Zack came out of the game after that having thrown just 48 pitches, and then went down to the bullpen to get in some extra work afterwards.
In the top of the 3rd Brad Goldberg , acquired from the White Sox last summer, came on to pitch. The hard throwing righty, know for both walks and strike outs, unfortunately produced 3 walks and a double, allowing 2 runs to score and a tie game, without getting an out. Marc Rzepczynski came in and restored order however retiring all 3 batters he faced to stop the bleeding.
Meanwhile Trevor Bauer settled in to keep the DBacks quiet for the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th innings. The DBacks did manage a couple of singles in the 2nd and 3rd, but were eliminated by a caught stealing, (Ahmed) and a groundball DP (Flores) respectively. Bauer’s day was done after 4 innings, having allowed just the 2 runs on 5 hits including the Flores homerun.
Caleb Joseph got the Dbacks back on the board in the bottom of the 5th, homering off of Adam Cimber to give the DBacks a 3-2 lead.
Matt Andriese pitched 3 scoreless innings, using mostly 4 seam fastballs and changeups, mixing in just a couple of sliders. He retired the side in order in the 4th and 5th, and allowed a harmless 2 out single in the 6th. However he came out for a 4th inning of work in the top of the 7th and promptly walked the leadoff batter. We all know how that usually ends up and this time was no exception. After a flyout, Andriese gave up a single and the ball was bobbled in RF by Socrates Brito allowing the runner to 3rd. That would be all for Andriese, who had a very good outing allowing just 2 singles and a walk and 3 K’s .
Lefty Matt Marksberry, an Indy Ball pickup who last pitched in the majors in 2016 for the Braves, came on in “relief”, of which there was none. Allowing a single, a walk , and a wild pitch, 2 inherited runners came around to score, giving the Indians a 4-3 lead. Remember this when looking at Andriese’s spring ERA. He pitched well today.
4-3 would be the final score, as the DBacks failed to push across any more runs after the Joseph homerun in the 5th. Of note, Jimmie Sherfy pitched a scoreless 8th, getting two punch outs.
Tomorrows game is an early start time, 12:05 vs the Brewers in Maryvale. The game will be on Fox Sports Arizona.