Spring record: 1-1. Change on 2019: 0.
An ugly set of middle innings for the Diamondbacks’ pitching staff, as they let the Giants score nine unanswered runs in the fifth through seventh inning. That turned a 4-2 lead for Arizona into an 11-4 deficit, though the D-backs’ hitters made the final score respectable with a five-run eighth of their own. On the plus side, the pitchers who have a roster spot more or less locked up looked pretty good. Zac Gallen got the start, and was crisply effective, throwing two perfect innings with one strikeout. Can’t ask more from Gallen than that, or the three-up, three-down inning Andrew Chafin pitched in the fourth. Now, about the rest of the staff...
Edwin Jackson had a rough third, and you won’t be surprised his control let him down. Jackson walked back-to-back hitters, and with two outs, a double to right scored a pair. Taylor Widener was also charged with two runs in the fifth. on two hits and a walk, though did at least strike out the side around those. Junior Garcia took the L after allowing the go-ahead run in the sixth, on three hits and a walk. But it was the seventh where the wheels fell off. Something called a Joe Mantiply allowed five hits to six batters, then a “Matthew Brill” retired one of his five hitters. The Giants sent 12 to the plate and scored six, before Colton Turner and Keury Mella got the last four outs. Google them, if you feel the need.
Arizona had taken a 4-2 lead through four innings, on a pair of home-runs by 2B Ildemaro Vargas and DH Domingo Leyba. But that was it until the eighth, when the D-backs added three more home-runs, off the bats of Michael De La Cruz, Yasmany Tomas and Drew Ellis. The first two went back-to-back to open the inning, while the last named delivered a three-run shot, and did get the tying run to the on-deck circle for the Diamondbacks with one out. But Arizona’s last five hitters were retired in order, and the D-backs tasted defeat for the first time in 2020. Starling Marte made his Arizona debut, and reached base twice on a hit and a walk, while Pavin Smith came in to play left field and notched a pair of hits.
Tomorrow, it’s back to Salt River Fields, where the Diamondbacks will take on the Dodgers. Jon Duplantier is the scheduled starter, and that game will be available on webcast, I believe, so it’ll be the first chance for most of us to see the team in action.