Record: 8-8-2. Change on 2018: 0. 5-inning record: 8-7-3.
3B Eduardo Escobar tied up the game in the bottom of the first with an RBI double, and the other double from Escobar led to the D-backs carrying the lead in the next. 1B Kevin Cron’s second home-run of spring made it 3-1 at the fourth, even though it was his error which permit the Rockies score at the sixth inning.
But just when it was looking as if this score might mirror the one in Goodyear, SS Ildemaro Vargas included a pair of insurance with his first homer of this pre-season in the base of the eighth. He and Escobar each had a pair of hits and drove in two runs for Arizona. And, hey! Kelby Tomlinson finally got his first hit, doubling from the fourth… and was thrown out attempting to make it a triple.
After a hectic weekend, even the D-backs have to delight in a pleasant off-day tomorrow. They resume Cactus League play on Tuesday night in the Rangers at Salt River Fields.
Greg Holland’s spring struggles continued: another inning, yet another run enabled on two hits. Mark Rzepczynski and Jimmie Sherfy tossed scoreless innings, the latter fanning two of the 3 batters faced. But Stefan Crichton let the Reds get inside one at the eighth, Establishing a nervous system for your own Diamondbacks. An error and single place the initial two men on against Daniel Gibson, prior to a bunt put the tying run on third with one down.
However, Gibson coaxed a helpless ground-ball to the catcher, and the man on third was murdered at a rundown, then clinched the rescue in the 3-2 success, using a fly-ball to center.
Early on at Goodyear, the D-backs fought against Tanner Roark. He struck out the side from the first, and contains six K’s through three. But in the fourth, LF Abraham Almonte led off with one; one out after, DH Yasmany Tomas off one off the wall to get a lengthy single, and C Caleb Joseph struck his first home-run of spring. That three-run shot was all the offense the D-backs could get, managing only three baserunners beyond the inning, Tomas after adding a double sided.
Nevertheless, it was all they would need. Merrill Kelly was a great deal better at his third spring outing. Indeed, he tossed four hitless innings, facing one within the minimum about 2 walks and four K. RF Andrew Aplin assisted, doubling a runner off from the outfield.
The teams exchanged runs in the very initial. A sacrifice fly Matt Koch gave the Rockies that the guide, after a three-base mistake by LF Tim Locastro. However, Koch settled in.
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Allowing only one hit and no more runs on four innings, with no walks and three strikeouts. Nick Green was also not helped by the shield, allowing an unearned run over three glasses, on two hits and 2 walks, with one strikeout. And Braden Shipley looked as great as he’s all spring, working a six-out rescue with just 2 perfect innings, striking out four of the six batters faced.
Thanks to Jim McLennan | Originally sourced from: AZSnakePit