Record: 3-9-1. Change on 2019: -2.5.
It was a game of twos this afternoon, in the first sold-out contest of the year for the D-backs at Salt River Fields. Both they and their opponents scored two runs in three separate innings, with the D-backs coming back from an early 4-0 deficit. An RBI double from prospect Pavin Smith tied the game in the bottom of the ninth, but neither Wyatt Mathisen nor Seth Beer could then quite deliver some walk-off magic.
Colorado jumped out early, on a day which was basically a bullpen game for Arizona. Miguel Aguilar was the “starter”, but only went one inning, and allowed two runs. Edwin Jackson followed suit in the second, though did actually reduce his ERA... to 20.25. Yeah, not feeling it, EJ. Best of the outings went to Keury Melia, who struck out two of the three batters faced, including getting Trevor Story looking to end the fifth. Héctor Rondón got roughed up a bit, allowing three hits and two runs in the sixth, but Yoan Lopez escaped a jam, after his first batter faced stood on second with no outs.
After falling behind, the D-backs clawed their way back with two-run innings in the third and fifth. Carson Kelly and Ketel Marte had RBI singles in the third; Nick Ahmed had his first home-run of spring to lead off the fifth (above), and Eduardo Escobar tied things at four with a sacrifice fly later in the frame. Arizona entered the last of the ninth 6-4 down, but three consecutive doubled by Trayce Thompson, Michael de la Cruz and Smith brought them level. The game was called as a tie at the end of the ninth. Orange slices all round!
Tomorrow sees the first split-squad game of the season, with the D-backs playing the Padres at Salt River, and the Angels in Tempe. Announced starters are Merrill Kelly and Zac Gallen respectively.