Record 2-2. Change on 2019: -1.
It’s never a good thing, when you find yourself searching Getty Images for “depictions of hell” as an illustration... Which is why we’re leading with ‘The Temptation of St Anthony’ by Hieronymus Bosch (1450 1516). This will, understandably, be one of my less detailed recaps, since it was effectively over by the end of the first inning, in which Oakland had taken a six-run lead. They didn’t stop thereafter, and unlike Arizona’s first loss of spring, we can’t even have the consolation that those giving up the runs were roster no-hopers. Today, the men you’ve heard of - Luke Weaver, Merrill Kelly and Archie Bradley - combined to allow six earned runs in just two innings, on six hits and three walks. Here’s what Weaver had to say:
Admittedly, things probably weren’t (quite) as bad as that. Weaver hit 95, and struck out two of the first three batters faced, after a lead-off single. However, he walked the next two, and a two-RBI single ended his afternoon. Luke’s line wasn’t helped by replacement Jayson McKinley taking four attempts to record the final out, letting both inherited runners score plus two of his own, and the rout was on. Merrill Kelly allowed two runs on three extra-base hits in the second, and the A’s reached double figures with two outs in the third. Archie Bradley did work a scoreless fourth, but decent frames were hard to find. Arizona used ten pitchers to get 24 outs, and Bradley was the only one to allow fewer than two hits/walks.
The Diamondbacks got in the board on an Eduardo Escobar infield single in the third, and Ildemaro Vargas drove another in with an RBI single in the sixth. Domingo Leyba pushed across the third run in the ninth. Daulton Varsho and Vargas had a pair of hits apiece, while David Peralta and Christian Walker had a hit and a walk, the latter making his spring debut. We’ll be hoping for better tomorrow, as Madison Bumgarner (or is it Mason Saunders?) makes his debut as a Diamondbacks, against the Reds at Salt River Fields. I’ll leave you with this GIF I saw from Wimb. He was referring to Reading’s 3-0 loss at home, but might as well have meant what I felt about this one. At least Arizona’s hammering didn’t count!