While Zack Godley still has not found the sharpness he once displayed, his overall performance was cleaned up a great deal from his first start of the season. The righty managed to navigate his way through 5 2⁄3 innings, surrendering only one run. Matt Koch, on the other hand, may well have played his way off the team last night, surrendering seven runs in only 2 1⁄3 innings of garbage-time baseball. That’s a game-ERA of 27.00. If that has not punched his ticket out of town, it has at least purchased it for standby use. At the plate, the Diamondbacks had a field day. The team hit four of their five home runs off of starter Rick Porcello and reliever Ben Johnson, scoring 14 runs in the first six innings. Ketel Marte had two home runs in that span, one of them a grand slam.
Ketel Marte led Arizona’s home run parade with two of his own, including ins first career grand slam. Getting in on the long ball fun were Adam Jones, Alex Avila, and Ildemaro Vargas.
Jake Lamb has landed on the 10-Day DL with a left quad strain. There is no timetable for his return as of yet, but the normal recovery from this sort of injury is six to eight weeks. Ildemaro Vargas has been recalled from Reno to take Lamb’s place.
Say what you want about Archie Bradley and his antics or personality. One thing that has become undeniable is, he’s unafraid to tell things the way he sees them. This was on display again when he did an interview with Bickley and Marotta on 98.7 FM.
Only reason I wanted to close was to get paid, I’m dead serious, man. Baseball has put a dollar amount on what saves mean to a team and what that value is, I’m not saying the guys aren’t worth it. I know they’re really hard outs to get, I would say the guys I face in the seventh and eighth are also hard outs to get. And I don’t necessarily get a save for it, I get a hold or sometimes nothing.
Despite the catastrophic damage done to his knee, Diamondbacks outfielder, Steven Souza, Jr. is not done with baseball and is looking forward to making a strong return.
I’m not a fan of artificial turf, but I sure cannot deny that the new playing surface at Chase Field looked amazing for Opening Day.
By virtue of having so many picks in the top 80, the Diamondbacks have secured themselves the largest bonus pool in this year’s upcoming draft. They will enter the draft with a $16,093,700 warchest. Their top pick (#16) comes with a value of $3,745,500.
Ron Kulpa’s recent antics raise an interesting question. Angel Hernandez would likely agree with Kulpa.
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Some Boston Red Sox fans were at Seamus McCaffrey’s before the game. Angry Dad talked them into taking the $20 Trivia Challenge.