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Diamondbacks 4, Royals 6: LLLLLLL

Tonight’s game was delayed. The result, however, was all too familiar.

The Last Judgement, 1506-1508, by Hieronymus Bosch (ca 1450-1516), oil on canvas, 59x113 cm. Detail. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images) Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images

Record: 2-8. Change on 2019: -4.

The intended start time of 6:05 pm at Surprise Stadium tonight ended up getting pushed back by an hour due to police action. Okay, who else’s first thought was, “The Brute Squad have some explaining to do...” But it turns out they were entirely innocent. An explosives dog doing a pregame sweep alerted at a display auto out in front of the park, provided by a car showroom, and the local bomb squad were called in as a precaution. Nothing was found, and the game was finally able to get under way.

Luke Weaver had another rough start, walking the first two batters he faced. Both of them then came into score on a two-out single by Maikel Franco. Weaver finally escaped, but it took him 31 pitches to get through the inning, and he was done one out into the second. he did finish strong with a K, but his line was little of any better than first time out: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO. On the plus side, he does have five strikeouts over his two spring innings. Just don’t look at the four hits, four walks and six earned runs.

Arizona took the lead in the second inning. And if it seems a while since I’ve said that, it would be because it is. They hadn’t led for a single inning during the six-game losing streak coming into tonight, the last time being at the end of last Tuesday’s game against the Dodgers. But they broke that streak after 55 consecutive innings. Tim Locastro picked up his second HBP of spring, scored on a Domingo Leyba double, and then Leyba came home on a two-run shot from Josh Rojas (above).

The score remained 3-2 to Arizona until the bottom of the fourth. Stefan Crichton pitched a clean third innings, but Hector Rondon allowed a game-tying homer. After Arizona had retaken the lead on Kole Calhoun’s homer (below), off former Diamondback Greg Holland. Kevin Ginkel then had an ugly fifth, allowing two hits and a walk, being charged with two earned runs, and committed an error. Normal service had been resumed, with the D-backs trailing again. Keury Melia also allowed a run in the sixth; Matt Grace and Mauricio Cabrera put up zeroes the rest of the way.

However, the D-backs offense couldn’t muster much after Calhoun’s shot. Their best chance was in the eighth after Trayce Thompston walked and Yasmany Tomas singled, putting runners on the corners with no outs. But Ildemaro Vargas struck out, Locastro lined out and Leyba grounded out. Calhoun walked in addition to his homer, Leyba also had a walk and a hit, and Stephen Vogt had a double and a single. Tomorrow, it’s back to Salt River and day games, with Madison Bumgarner starting as Arizona takes on Cleveland. o Salt River