Diamondbacks box score takeaways: first game, first win
By Christopher Gaine
The Diamondbacks won their first spring training game of the season today, defeating the Rockies 6-3 in a “road” matchup at Salt River Fields.
As I pointed out yesterday, spring training games are meaningless and their results often indicate little. But, this is the first Diamondbacks game of the season, so let’s rejoice that baseball is back. Here are some of the major highlights from the box score:
- Paul Goldschmidt went 0-for-3. His MVP chances took a nosedive with today’s performance.
- Welington Castillo hit the Diamondbacks’ first home run of the season in the 4th inning today, a solo shot. He hit 17 home runs in 80 games with the Diamondbacks last year, so he seems to have kept that power through the offseason.
- Rubby De la Rosa started today’s game and struggled, allowing two runs on three hits in the first inning. He pitched two innings total, recording just one strikeout.
- Archie Bradley got the win by virtue of throwing two scoreless innings in the third and fourth. He allowed no hits and just one walk. Bradley once again flashes the potential he showed with the Diamondbacks early last season.
- Jean Segura went 3-for-3 with. This is a good sign for Segura, who is competing with Nick Ahmed and Chris Owings for a starting middle-infield position. Owings went 0-for-2 and Ahmed did not play.
- Yasmany Tomas went 1-for-2 with . Tomas’ production this season will be crucial to the Diamondbacks’ success, as he dissapointed last season after signing a monster six-year, $68.5 million contract last year.
Those are the main takeaways from today’s game. Robbie Ray will start the Diamondbacks’ first “home” game of the spring against the Rockies tomorrow. Zack Greinke will take the hill for the first time as a Diamondback on Friday against the A’s.