Record: 3-9. Change on 2019: -3.
Despite a solid outing from Robbie Ray, it seemed like Arizona could be heading for their ninth consecutive loss today. The D-backs trailed 1-0 after three innings, but took Texas to the cleaners in the middle innings, having a 9-2 lead as we entered the bottom of the eighth. But it’s never easy is it. The Rangers got the tying run into scoring position in the ninth, before former D-back Blake Swihart struck out was the bases loaded, ending the game.
As mentioned in the Gameday Thread, it has been a while since Ray had faced MLB batters, but he became the first Diamondback this year to work four innings. He allowed a run on a solo homer, one of the three hits Robbie allowed. He walked none and struck out three. J.B. Bukauskas followed that up with a scoreless fifth, but it was a struggle the rest of the way. Taylor Clarke wasn’t bad in his first two innings, but combined with David Huff on a five-run fifth for Texas. Protecting a four-run lead, Cameron Gann retired only one of the five batters faced, but Connor Grey got the final two outs, with strikeouts around a walk to load the bases, and picked up the save.
If this outing did nothing for Arizona’s major-league worst spring ERA, the offense were just about able to make it stand up, notching 14 hits. Three of those went to Kevin Cron, who was in dire need of them, having come into this game 0-for-17 in the preseason. He singled twice, walked, and hit his first home-run. Josh Rojas and Wyatt Mathisen also went deep, the latter notching an inside-the-park HR. Tim Locastro doubled, singled and walked, while Ildemaro Vargas, Jake Lamb and Travis Snider each got a hit and a walk.
We’ll see if we can make it a streak when Arizona face their complex partners Colorado at Salt River Fields tomorrow. LHP Miguel Aguilar gets the start, which perhaps suggests a B-game for a real starting pitcher, somewhere on the back fields.