Record: 3-3. Five-inning record: 3-3.
Arizona won their third straight spring game, and largely have local boy Josh Rojas to thank for victory in Goodyear. The West Phoenix native hit a two-run shot in the third, and went one better in the next inning, blasting a three-run homer. Not bad for your leadoff guy to have five RBI by the end of the fourth inning. It probably helped that Pavin Smith went 3-for-3 out of the #9 hole tonight, in front of Rojas. But a lot of D-backs carried their bats back to the dugout. Arizona hitters struck out 16 times, led by Stuart Fairchild's golden sombrero, going 0-for-4 with four K's. That won't do his roster hopes much good.
This would have been Zac Gallen’s scheduled day to start, but he got pushed back to tomorrow. So non-roster invitee Seth Frankoff got the start, and... Well, his line looked like a non-roster invitee sort of performance. Frankoff allowed two runs over 2.1 innings, on three hits and a walk, with a pair of strikeouts. After Sam Moll got the last two outs in the third, the middle innings belonged to Taylor Clarke. He worked three frames, giving up a run on three hits and a walk, with four K's. Stefan Crichton, Miguel Aguilar and Bradley Roney each put up a zero to take the game the rest of the way. Though the last named walked the first three batters he faced. Looking at Gameday, he only escaped the inning unscathed on the mercy rule. Still got the save though.
There was some discussion and confusion between the umps and Torey Lovullo after the top of the ninth, seemingly about whether they'd be playing the other half of the inning. It got mildly animated at one point, but seemed to end amicably enough. We indeed play on.— Zach Buchanan (@ZHBuchanan) March 6, 2021
Tomorrow, it's back to Salt River Fields and day baseball, with a game against the Texas Rangers. As mentioned, it'll be a Gallen start, with a 1:10 pm first pitch. That's on the radio, so we will have a GDT for it. Hopefully, the comments might even work.