Arizona Diamondbacks strike back on Monday evening with win over Cleveland following lopsided Sunday finale at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick


Marshall Baker

A great day for baseball even if Diamondbacks fans didn’t get the result they were looking for.

Marshall Baker, Reporter

On Sunday, the Arizona Diamondbacks played their final spring training game of the preseason at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick against the Cincinnati Reds, in a less than a fantastic farewell.

Moments after D-backs manager Torey Luvello named Madison Bumgarner their opening day starting pitcher, he gave an injury update on Josh Rojas, stating that he had a grade 2 right oblique strain.

“He’ll be out for a while, it’s in terms of weeks and not days,” Luvello said.

In terms of replacing Rojas, look for a couple guys to get a chance to prove themselves in the coming days. Potential candidates include Drew Ellis, Jake Hager, and Sergio Alcantra.

“My most important feature of his replacement will be somebody that’s going to pick up the baseball and operate at full speed while playing defense,” Luvello said.

“We got to earn our fans back, we know we haven’t had a good couple of years,” Luvello said right before they took the field.

The Diamondbacks have finished fifth in the NL West the past two seasons.

“Coming out on the field and playing in front of the fans, for me, is the most exciting part of being a baseball player,” Luvello said.

Right-handed pitcher Corbin Martin started for the Diamondbacks and faced off against lefty Nick Lodolo.

Even though Arizona was 9-4-1 in their last 14 games and outscored their opponents 74-50, they were defeated in a laughable outing 15-4 by Cincinnati.

After Cincinnati got out to an 8-0 lead in the second inning, Arizona was never able to fully recover.

“Obviously a long day out there, not an ideal game,” Luvello said.

Luvello characterized Corbin’s outing as “good and bad”.

“I saw him get a little frustrated from time to time,” Luvello said.

Despite the poor outing Sunday evening, there is still a lot of optimism around the club regarding the upcoming season.

With MLB ranking the Diamondbacks as the best farm system in the NL, and the fourth overall in both leagues there should be lots to look forward to for Diamondbacks fans.

“I think we’re really close,” Luvello said. “We’re in a really good spot, this team’s coming together very nicely.”

The Diamondbacks played two preseason games on Monday. Losing 6-3 against the Seattle Mariners, at Peoria Sports Complex in the afternoon and winning an evening matchup against Cleveland 3-1 the same evening at Chase Field.

David Peralta and Christian Walker both hit home runs in the victory against the Guardians.