Record: 6-9-3. Change on 2019: -1.5.
Another solid game on both sides of the ball, as the Diamondbacks extended their unbeaten streak to seven - on the heels of that eight-game losing streak. Of course, having been stoic in our mantra that “it’s just spring training” during the latter, we should be consistent and say the same thing about the current success. However, winning meaningless pre-season contests is still considerably more fun than losing them. The D-backs’ offense has scored a total of 55 runs over those seven games, but the pitching has also improved, which is good to see.
This afternoon, it was the long ball that powered Arizona, with four different Diamondbacks going deep. However, all of those came after the fifth inning, so may not have been off front-line pitchers. Catcher John Hicks got that started in the sixth inning, while Trayce Thompson and Josh Rojas followed in the seventh - it was the former’s fourth home-run of spring and the latter’s third. Kevin Cron capped things off with a two-run shot in the ninth, also his third home-run. Juniel Querecuto had three hits, with two apiece for Stephen Vogt, Jon Jay and Thompson.
The D-backs’ pitching was also on point, holding the Reds to three hits. Two of those came in the first inning, including a two-run homer by Mike Moustakas off Taylor Clarke, which gave Cincinnati a quick 2-0 lead. That was all Clarke would give up, going three innings on those two hits, with two walks and an impressive six K’s. The bullpen was even more impressive. Matt Grace, James Sherfy, Stefan Crichton and Keury Melia combining for six innings of one-hit, shutout ball. They walked two and struck out 11 giving the D-backs 17 strikeouts all told on the day.
A well-deserved off-day tomorrow for the Diamondbacks, before spring play restarts on Thursday against the Brewers.