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Tuesday’s Cactus League Updates
Luckily, there were a few more games Tuesday than there were on Monday, so let’s get into it.
Diamondbacks (10) vs. Giants (0)
Remember, Spring Training numbers don’t matter — but don’t tell that to Josh Collmenter. In his second start, the Diamondbacks Opening Day starter pitched four scoreless innings allowing only 2 hits and striking three. Also of note on the pitching side for Arizona, offseason acquisition Allen Webster showcased his talent. Webster has been frustrating, mainly due to his lack of control, but today gave up only three hits, surrendered zero runs and punched out two batters over four innings.
Offensively, Arizona prospect Brandon Drury continued his torrid spring with his third home run, two more hits and three runs driven in.
Madison Bumgarner made his fourth start of Cactus League play and he currently owns an 8.64 ERA over 8.1 innings with 15 hits, but that is window dressing. The postseason hero has nine strikeouts to one walk and primed for another stellar season.
There were no offensive highlights for San Francisco today.
Reds (4) vs. Indians (0)
Billy Hamilton stole his first base of the spring after missing some time with a sore shoulder last week. Todd Frazier and Kristopher Negron each took last season’s American League Cy Young Award winner yard.
Mike Leake a CTM Baseball end-game favorite continued his lights out pitching with another scoreless outing. The Reds pitcher owns an impressive spring line so far:
- 3 GS 9 IP 4 H 0 R 2 BB 8 K
Tony Cingrani, recently demoted to the bullpen, pitched two perfect innings striking out three batters.
Corey Kluber started for the Tribe, pitching four innings, yielding three runs, two walks and four strikes out.
Michael Bourn keeps hitting this spring and should be on your radar as a late-round pick.
Royals (3) vs. Cubs (4)
Danny Duffy rebounded from his last start, tossing four innings scattering three hits, giving up only one run and racked up five Ks.
Lorenzo Cain keeps on hits with two doubles on the day and an RBI.
Javier Baez stole his second base of the in hopes of disguising his .115 BA, in this case, Spring Training numbers do matter and Baez needs to be monitored.
Dodgers (11) vs. Rangers (11)
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Hyun-Jin Ryu made his second start, allowing two runs over three innings with two strikeouts.
Howie Kendrick registered a couple of hits, homering and delivering three RBI. The Jimmy Rollins leadoff experiment continued on and the early results have been successful.
Yovani Gallardo tossed four solid innings, with one run and three strikeouts. The recent addition to the Rangers rotation will be relied on heavily with Yu Darvish undergoing successful Tommy John Surgery.
Elvis Andrus filled up the stat sheet going 3-for-3 and plating two.
Brewers (6) vs. Padres (4)
Matt Garza pitched three-plus innings, giving up three runs and striking out three.
Jeremy Jeffress is back in Milwaukee and the hard-throwing former Brewer prospect is being noticed in camp.
- Carlos Gomez 2-3 2 R 1 HR 3 RBI
James Shields got his work in, throwing three innings, yielding three runs and punching out five batters.
- Jedd Gyorko 2-3 1 R 1 HR 1 RBI
Padres (2) vs. Athletics (13)
Odrisamer Despaigne started and was effective, but Padres prospect Matt Wisler threw batting practice, getting blasted in his one inning of work.
- Matt Wisler 1 IP 6 H 8 R 7 ER 2 BB 0 SO
The newly constructed Athletics offense received a boost from a couple of their new assets.
- Ben Zobrist 2-3 1 R 1 HR 3 RBI
- Brett Lawrie 2-2 1 R
Scott Kazmir pitched four dominate innings allowing one hit and six strikeouts
Mariners (5) vs. White Sox (5)
Hisashi Iwakuma pitched four scoreless in his second spring start.
- Logan Morrison 2-3 1 R 1 HR 1 RBI
Jeff Samardzija was on the bump yesterday, pitching four innings, allowing two runs, with three punch outs.
Avisail Garcia continues to rake with another multi-hit effort.
Angels (11) vs. Rockies (0)
The Angels routed the Rockies with a one-two punch of Kole Calhoun and Mike Trout.
- Calhoun 3-4 2 R 3 RBI 1 SB
- Trout 2-4 2 R 2 HR 6 RBI
Baseball is another day closer …
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Photo Credit: Kent Nichols