Mar 6, 2015; Salt River Pima-Maricopa, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Robbie Ray (38) throws during the first inning against the Oakland Athletics during a spring training baseball game at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
In a game that shouldn’t have been that close, the Arizona Diamondbacks dropped the opener of a four game set against the New York Mets by a score of 6-2. Robbie Ray managed to shut New York out through five frames but needed a whopping 110 pitches to do it. When Dominic Leone made his D’backs’ debut, the light bulb went on in the Met offense as they scored six runs over the final four innings. The only scoring by the D’backs came courtesy of solo home runs by Jarrod Saltalamacchia (his first as a Snake) and Paul Goldschmidt.
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Ray got into trouble immediately giving up a leadoff single to Ruben Tejada and a double to Daniel Murphy. He managed to retire the next three batters to avoid giving up a run. The top of the second started the same way, with runners on first and third and no outs. Again, Ray gout out of trouble by not allowing a Met to cross the plate. In the bottom of the frame, Saltalamacchia went deep against ace Matt Harvey to give the D’backs a 1-0 lead. In the third, Arizona had a chance for more runs with Ender Inciarte and A.J. Pollock on base and one out. However, Harvey showed why is one of the best pitchers in the game as he fanned Goldschmidt and Yasmany Tomas to end the threat.
Fast forward to the sixth and in comes Leone to make his D’backs debut. The Mets proceeded to rake him all over the yard with bullets by Wilmer Flores and John Mayberry, Jr. to open the inning. After Juan Lagares hit into a force, Kevin Plawecki hit a booming double to drive in a pair and give New York a lead it would not relinquish. Plawecki would score on a sacrifice fly by Ruben Tejada to give the Mets a 3-1 lead. Goldschmidt homered in the bottom of the inning to cut the deficit in half but Arizona would get no closer.
Curtis Granderson drove in a run in the eighth to make it 4-2 and in the bottom of the inning, the D’backs blew there last chance to get back in it. Inciarte led off with a single followed by a Pollock flyout. The Mets brought in closer Jeurys Familia to get the five out save. He struck out Goldschmidt but walked Tomas. However, David Peralta grounded out to end the frame. In the ninth, Mayberry put the cap on an excellent. four-hit night with a two-run blast off Daniel Hudson. After some noise in the ninth, Familia closed it out and dropped the D’backs to 25-28. The Mets improved to 30-25 and regained sole possession of the National League East.