Record: 2-3. Change on 2019: -1.5.
In Arizona’s defense, the score was considerably closer than that for the majority of this afternoon’s contest at Salt River Fields. Through six innings, indeed, the score was still only 1-0 to Cincinnati. The damage was all done off Matt Peacock and Miguel Aguilar, who combined to give up seven runs on seven hits and two walks, over their two innings of work. Especially after these outings, the odds of them seeing action for the D-backs this season, seem long at best.
The good news is, Madison Bumgarner a.k.a. Mason Saunders, looked solid in his first start as a member of the Diamondbacks. As shown above, he got through two scoreless innings, striking out four batters. He did allow a long-ball, to the Reds’ Derek Dietrich, but as shown below, he was happy enough with the outing. The rest of the A-pitchers also did pretty well for themselves: Junior Guerra, Andrew Chafin, Yoan Lopez and
Jimmy James Sherfy combined for four innings of one-hit, scoreless ball. Chafin seems to have looked particularly good, striking out two of the three batters he faced.
However, the offense was largely befuddled by Trevor Bauer and the rest of the Cincinnati pitchers. Arizona managed only three hits, all singles, by Stephen Vogt, Jon Jay and Yasmany Tomas, with one walk and ten strikeouts. I’m sure someone will be delighted to hear that Tomas had a 2.300 OPS, tops on the team among those with more than a single at-bat. However, it’s also worth remembering that Tomas hit .448 last spring, and that didn’t exactly translate into regular-season success, or even playing time.
The Diamondbacks get to stick around Salt River Fields, for a game against the Seattle Mariners there tomorrow afternoon. Alex Young will be the starter for Arizona there. Let’s try and not get blown out again, m’kay?