Spring Gameday thread, #21: D-backs vs. Guardians (+ recap: ARI 3, SEA 6)

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The composition of the Diamondbacks

  1. Daulton Varsho, CF
  2. Ketel Marte, 2B
  3. David Peralta, LF
  4. Christian Walker, 1B
  5. Pavin Smith, RF
  6. Carson Kelly, C.
  7. Seth Beer, DH
  8. Drew Ellis, 3B
  9. Geraldo Perdomo, SS
    + RHP Zach Davies, RHP Dan Straily, RHP Sean Poppen

Afternoon Recap: Diamondbacks 3, Mariners 6

It was truly a tale of two Smiths for Arizona this afternoon, as the first half of the split-team doubleheader takes on Seattle at Peoria. Caleb Smith was excellent, throwing five shutout innings, allowing just one hit, walking three and striking out three. After a scoreless inning from Mitchell Stumpo followed, the D-backs had a 3-0 lead in the seventh inning. Catcher Neyfy Castillo had given them the lead with a solo home run in the second inning, then kicked another run with a single in the fourth. Gavin Conticello made it 3-0 with an RBI single in the top of the seventh. He and Castillo had a pair of hits that day, and the D-backs looked set to win their final Cactus League game (Chase’s don’t count!)

Between the other Smith, Riley. Before the end of the seventh inning, the Mariners had taken the lead, courtesy of a pair of two-run homers against Smith. Another home run — this one to former Diamondbacks Steven Souza Jr — and an RBI groundout, completed the scoring for Seattle. R. Smith wondered if anyone had gotten the number on that truck, allowing six runs on his two work frames on six hits, including those three homers. He walked none and retired a pair, leaving the Diamondbacks with a 2022 Cactus League record of 9-10, with one game ending in a tie. It’s actually an improvement from last year, when they went 9-15. Hopefully this converts to the regular season, although any correlation is slight at best!

Notes by Torey Lovullo

Luke Weaver will come out of the bullpen. Torey informed Luke yesterday. Of course, he wasn’t happy about it, but he took it well and said he was there to do whatever it took to help this team win.

“I thought it was a real team moment and I know where his heart goes. He just has to come out and throw and run and take the ball when we hand it to him and go as hard as he can for as long as he can. he can”

Torey discussed the run-to-run inconsistency and the drop in speed and he felt Luke pacing.

Humberto Castellanos, Corbin Martin and Caleb Smith are still in the running for the vacant rotation position. They will probably decide later today.

  • They will definitely use a 5 man rotation. They’re now leaning to go with 14 pitchers and 14 position players, which is a change from last week.
  • Torey said he doesn’t discuss what happened last year with the players at all. He wants them to focus on regaining their confidence and looking to the future
  • He spoke about the entire coaching and development staff and the relief of having such veteran staff. He talked about Brent Strom having complete autonomy in the spring to set up the pitching and he had carte blanche to go to the mound whenever he wanted.
  • Torey was particularly impressed with the changes made by David Peralta and Geraldo Perdomo also jumped on him this spring.

Audio by Torey Lovullo

Tonight’s game can be found on the radio, by tuning into 98.7 FM, Arizona’s sports station.

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