Record: 5-7-2. Change on 2018: -1. 5-inning record: 6-5-3.
The last time the Diamondbacks prevailed was last Saturday, when they edged the Dodgers by a 6-5 margin. Since then, they’ve lost five games out of six, with the other Monday’s tie against Cincinnati. This afternoon saw Arizona drop to their fourth consecutive defeat, with their record also falling behind the page of 2018. However, interesting to note that their five-inning record - reflecting the period when teams are more likely to be playing their major-leaguers - is still above the .500 mark.
Today’s game maybe shouldn’t even count for Arizona there. This was basically a split-squad game, with half the team already on their way to Mexico for the weekend double-header against the Rockies in Hermosillo. As a result, catcher Carson Kelly was the only position player of the 17 used by the D-backs today, who appears guaranteed a roster spot on Opening Day. 1B Christian Walker and DH John Ryan Murphy are possibles, but the other 14, with all due respect, are kinda long-shots of variable odds. In contrast, the Brewers’ line-up looked close to full strength, at least at the plate.
Zack Godley got the start, and with one exception, restrained the Milwaukee hitters effectively, pitching four shutout innings on three hits, with no walks and a trio of strikeouts. The bad news? The exception was Travis Shaw, who homered twice in two at-bats against Zack, driving in all three runs Godley allowed today. Next time, just walk him. :) Archie Bradley did strike out Shaw in the fifth. Indeed, he struck out the side... however, there were three hits alternating with the K’s, leading to the Brewers’ fourth run. Yoshihisa Hirano and Rubby De La Rosa worked scoreless innings; the latter K’d two, and has five strkeouts over three hitless spring innings. Rickie Nolasco allowed a two-run shot in the eighth.
The offense had nine hits, including two each for Kelly and 2B Andy Young. The latter included his first home-run of spring in the sixth inning, and 3B Wyatt Mathisen also went deep for Arizona, in the seventh. LF Abraham Almonte tripled, and SS Juneil Querecuto had a double. I imagine we’ll see much the same players tomorrow in the Arizona part of proceedings tomorrow, where the D-backs take on the Royals at Salt River Fields, beginning at 1:10pm. That game’s on Fox Sports Arizona; the other game, against the Rockies in Mexico, starts at 5:10pm, and will be on local TV there on Televisa. [Wonder if AzDbacksFan will find a source for that?] and in Arizona on Univision Deportes Radio 105.1 FM, in Spanish.