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Diamondbacks 6, Fernando Tatis 3
Author: SG Geronimo77
Record: 5-7-1. Five-inning record: 5-6-2.The D-backs used the long ball to prevail this afternoon, all six of their runs scoring courtesy of the home-run <a href="">Stephen Vogt Shower Curtain</a>. Ketel Marte provided the perfect start in that department. He cracked the very first pitch onto the berm in Peoria, to give Arizona a 1-0 lead, before some of the 1,862 in attendance had adjusted their masks into the apparently Padres-approved ub-nose configuration. San Diego quickly tied it up, starter Josh Green taking two comebackers off himself, to put Fernando Tatis Jr. on third. He then scored on a sac. pop fly which sent Josh Rojas backpedalling at short. Apparently no-one in baseball had ever, ever, ever done that before. Or maybe the San Diego commentators just made it sound that way. That was all the scoring through the front five innings by either side <a href=""></a>;. Green worked three innings and gave up one run on one hits, with no walks and three K. Anthony Swarzak worked a scoreless fourth, before the two most impressive innings of the day, as J.B. Bukauskas and Chris Devenski combined to strikeout five of the six batters faced. Or, if you were the Game Day operator at Peoria, and had been lulled into unconsciousness by the Padre commentators non-stop feting of Tatis, Bukauskas did it all himself. Bukauskas now has nine K through four hitless spring innings, and this afternoon victims were no rabbits, as he struck out Tommy Pham, Ha-Seon Kim and Austin Nola in order. Devenski also looked good, and both men may well make the Opening Day bullpen. Though, in J.B case, I am hoping it just a one-year assignment, as I would still like to see what he can do as a starting pitcher.
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