Diamondbacks 15, Mariners 6
At Peoria Stadium
On the mound: In his final start before Opening Day, right-hander Zack Greinke continued to show diminished velocity, and he gave up some hard-hit balls in his four innings against the Mariners. Greinke allowed three runs on six hits. He did not register a strikeout or issue a walk. “I’m as ready as I’m going to be getting ready for the season at the moment,” Greinke said. “There weren’t any setbacks or anything throughout camp.” His fastball topped at 90.4 mph, and according to GameDay data he topped 90 mph only three times. He did not throw a fastball harder than 91.8 mph this spring, according to available information. Last season, Greinke often was able to reach back for 93 mph or 94 mph when he needed it. LHP Andrew Chafin gave up three hits, including a two-run homer to C Mike Zunino, but manager Torey Lovullo did not seem discouraged by the outing. “We understand those mistakes are going to happen,” he said. “But, by and large, I felt like the ball was coming out of his hand as good as I’ve seen it. He threw, from my vantage point, one of his best fastballs all spring. It’s a building block for him. We’re going to focus on that, not the mistake he made out over the plate.”
At the plate: The Diamondbacks broke out for 15 runs on 15 hits, including six homers, one each from 2B Brandon Drury, 1B Kris Negron, CF A.J. Pollock, 3B Jake Lamb, RF David Peralta and 3B Marty Herum. For Pollock, it was his first since missing nearly two weeks with a groin injury. He hasn’t been happy with the general quality of his at-bats recently, and he seemed to still be somewhat frustrated despite the homer Tuesday. “I haven’t hit too many balls well this spring,” Pollock said. “One good at-bat, the other three at-bats were kind of ‘eh.’ But you’ll take the positives and keep getting better.”
Extra bases: 1B Paul Goldschmidt and 2B Daniel Descalso stayed at Salt River Fields on Tuesday to get at-bats on the minor-league side. Goldschmidt’s workload is behind its usual pace due to his lack of playing time at the World Baseball Classic.
Wednesday’s game: Off.
Thursday’s game: Diamondbacks RHP Taijuan Walker vs. Indians RHP Josh Tomlin, 6:40 p.m., Chase Field.