The Arizona Diamondbacks continued their winning ways this Spring with a 5-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs in the first ever game played at new Cubs Park in Mesa. The clubs played in front of a Cactus League attendance record of 14,486. Chicago got off to the early 1-0 lead against newly signed Bronson Arroyo in the first when Luis Valbuena grounded out scoring Emilio Bonifacio. Then in the bottom of the third, Starlin Castro doubled to center on a sharp line drive scoring Valbuena and making it 2-0 Cubs. Arroyo in his D’backs’ debut gave up two runs (one earned) turning in a typical Arroyo start mixing his pitches well and finding ways to get guys out with the soft stuff instead of relying on velocity. Normally, Bronson struggles to keep the ball in the ballpark but today he didn’t allow a home run. The Snakes’ bullpen of Will Harris, Joe Paterson, Adam Russell, Matt Stites, David Hernandez, and Jake Barrett turned in another combined scoreless outing as Arizona moved to 2-1 in Cactus League play losing to the Los Angeles Dodgers earlier in the day at Camelback Ranch.
The D’backs’ regulars were in Mesa and the offense produced for a second straight day. In the top of the 5th the Snakes responded with a three run inning. The hottest hitter this spring for Arizona, Martin Prado doubled down the left field line scoring Gerardo Parra and making it 2-1. Then the big blow of the game. Eric Chavez hit a towering shot into right center field driving in two for the first-ever home run at the new Cubs Park giving Arizona the lead by a score of 3-2. Then in the 6th the D’backs added two more thanks to a two run single from Paul Goldschmidt making it 5-2. Its not very surprising that Goldy’s first hit of the Spring drove in runs. Paul led the N.L with 125 knocked in last season.
Tomorrow the D’backs play the Colorado Rockies at Salt River Fields with the first pitch at 1:10 PM MST.