Record: 2-1. Change on 2019: 0.
A solid performance on both sides of the ball for Arizona this afternoon, as they beat Los Angeles in the first meeting between the two teams this season. Jon Duplantier got the start, and followed Zac Gallen yesterday with a pair of scoreless innings. Duplantier did allow a hit and a walk, but also struck out three in a 39-pitch outing. The only pitcher who encountered trouble was Matt Grace, who gave up three runs in the fourth, including a two-run home-run to former Diamondback A.J. Pollock.
Grace’s three hits allowed in that frame, were actually more than the rest of the D-backs pitching staff combined, as they held the Dodgers to two hits. Hector Rondon struck out two in a perfect third, and Emilio Vargas emulated Duplantier, striking out three over two innings of one-hit ball. Joel Payamps went six up, six down and Stefan Crichton finished things off in the ninth, as the last fifteen Los Angeles hitters were retired in order. Not bad at all.
Absolutely textbook sequence from Locastro here, who battles back from 0-2 to get his well-deserved base. He's already in midseason form. pic.twitter.com/sU896Upl47— Foolish Baseball (@FoolishBB) February 25, 2020
On offense, the Diamondbacks got ahead early, scoring in the first as Kole Calhoun singled home Ketel Marte. But they broke the game open in the second, adding four runs. John Hicks drove in the first run with a single, and Ketel Marte added two more with an infield DOUBLE (deflected off the first baseman). Kevin Cron completed the scoring with a bases-loaded walk. Oh, and if you had “4” in the office pool for the number of plate appearances before Tim Locastro got hit, you are the winner. Because he was duly plunked as part of that frame (above)
Arizona added on two runs in the fourth and eighth, on another Calhoun single, and after Travis Snider hit into a double-play with the bases loaded. Calhoun and Jon Jay had two hits apiece, while Marte, Locastro, Nick Ahmed and Wyatt Mathisen all reached base twice, with a hit and a free pass. Tomorrow, the team are back on the road, facing the Oakland A’s. Luke Weaver get the start, with Merrill Kelly and Archie Bradley scheduled to pitch.