Record: 4-9-2. Change on 2019: -2.
Let’s begin at Salt River Fields, where the D-backs used a pair of four-run innings to get past the Padres by a score of 10-6. They got away fast, scoring four times before an out was even recorded, with Jake Lamb’s bases-clearing double the big play. They repeated that production in the fifth, leading off with a Lamb homer, followed subsequently by RBI hits from Trayce Thompson, Ben DeLuzio and Wyatt Mathisen. Lamb went 3-for-3 with a walk and four RBI, while there were two hits apiece for Mathisen, Ketel Marte and Eduardo Escobar. Thompson walked in addition to his hit.
Merrill Kelly was solid enough, going four innings in his start. He put up three zeroes before allowing a two-run homer in the fourth, but that was it. He gave up three hits and a walk, striking out three. Archie Bradley was taken deep on his first pitch in the fifth, and allowed another run later in the inning. He went 1.1 innings, and was touched for three hits and two walks, with a strikeout. He still got the W despite giving up the lead, due to the offensive surge which followed in the bottom half. But the rest of the pen were solid enough, led by Eduardo Jimenez’s clean eighth inning with a strikeout.
Over in Tempe, the D-backs fought to a 6-6 tie with the Angels. Hard to say whether this was one which got away. Arizona were 5-3 up in the middle of the eighth, but Taylor Widener allowed a two-run homer to tie the game. An Andy Young homer then gave Arizona the chance at a W, but in his fourth inning of work, Widener couldn’t get the final out, a pair of two-out hits allowing Los Angeles to come back again. Zac Gallen had started this one, and went 3.2 innings (above), scattering five hits and two walks with a pair of strikeouts, and was charged with two runs. Stefan Crichton worked the fifth, and gave up an unearned run (three errors were charged to the D-backs here).
If you want to see raw power in action, below you can find Kevin Cron’s two-run homer in the first inning, which went clear out of Tempe Diablo Stadium. Kole Calhoun had a sacrifice fly in the third, and John Hicks drove in two runs with a fifth-inning single. Cron went 3-for-4 to get his spring average up to .250 after his 0-for-17 start, and Ildemaro Vargas picked up a pair of singles, though was caught stealing. Calhoun and Travis Snider each had two walks for Arizona. The team reunites for tomorrow’s game, where the squad will travel to Sloan Park for a contest against the Cubs. Jon Duplantier is the D-backs’ starter for that.