Patrick Corbin was the starter for the Diamondbacks, and put his flag in the ground to stake his claim for the fifth spot, with a very solid performance. He walked the first hitter he faced, but roared back impressively, to strike out the side thereafter - and that was fanning Jordan Pacheco, Carlos Gonzalez and Ramon Hernandez, not spring scrubs. Corbin then added a fourth consecutive K to start his second inning, but lost his bid for a no-hitter on an infield single. However, he ended his day with a double-play ball, to give him a pair of scoreless innings, with one hit, one walk and an impressive four strikeouts.
He was followed by Charles Brewer, who was almost as impressive - he also faced one batter over the minimum, and indeed, didn't allow a hit in his two innings, fanning three Rockies. Warner Madrigal - definitely one of the better names on the spring roster - worked the fifth inning, and escaped some two on, one out trouble, with the aid of another double-play, to keep the shutout intact. It didn't last much longer, however: the Rockies scored two in the sixth off Garrett Mock, who allowed a bomb with a man aboard and one out. Starling Peralta also got help from a twin-killing in his Diamondbacks debut, with a scoreless seventh:
Things got less amusing in the eighth, however, as an unholy combination of Kevin Munson and Seth Simmons retired just one of the first eight Colorado hitters who came to the mound. That allowed the Rockies to score four times and load the bases, putting the tying run in scoring position with one out. However, Simmons then got a much-needed double-play, to stop the Rockies in their tracks. It says something about the late innings of spring training games, however, that the twin killing went second-baseman Nick Ahmed to shortstop Josh Wilson to first-baseman Kila Ka'aihue. Bo Schultz picked up the save, with another twin-killing, our fifth of the game.
Diamondbacks 8, Rockies 6: Arizona Cools Off Colorado
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