D-backs game report: Sunday, March 9
MAR 09, 2014 8:51p ET
Game recap: A.J. Pollock continued his hot hitting with a two-out, two-run double in the third inning off Padres starter Eric Stults, who often gives Arizona trouble, as the D-backs played to their second tie in four days. Tuffy Gosewisch doubled and took third on a two-out single by starter Bo Schultz to bring Pollock to the plate. D-backs closer candidate Addison Reed pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning, striking out two batters looking.
Hitting notes: Pollock, who hit his first spring home run Saturday, is hitting .400 in 11 games, a handful in the leadoff spot against left-handed pitchers. Pollock had another hit taken away when shortstop Alexi Amarista went behind second to field his grounder and throw him out in the fifth. ... Gosewisch's double into the left-field corner in the second inning was his second double in as many at-bats after his two-run double in the ninth inning was the game-winner in a 6-4 victory against the White Sox on Saturday. Gosewisch had missed more than a week with a calf injury.
Pitching notes: Right-hander Bo Schultz, whose fastball touched the high-90 mph range at Class AA Mobile last season, gave up three singles and an unearned run in three innings. He struck out three. ... Brad Ziegler was touched for a run in his inning, giving up a double and a single to the first two batters he faced, but got out of a two-on, one-out situation later in the inning.
Short hops: With a runner on second base, shortstop Chris Owings went to his left to smother a grounder by Alex Castellanos, keeping the ball in the infield and saving a run. David Hernandez got the next better to ground into a fielder's choice at second to end the fourth inning. ... Gosewisch, Miguel Montero, Henry Blanco and Blake Lalli are the four catchers remaining in camp, and the D-backs are expected to take three to Australia. ... Manager Kirk Gibson made his first challenge of the season after Paul Goldschmidt was called out on a close play at first base in the first inning. The call was upheld, but it appeared as if the replay could go either way. It took 2 minutes, 34 seconds. "We wanted to do the mechanic of it. We hadn't done it. We hadn't had something we thought was definitive. It was something worth challenging," said Gibson, who got a sign from bench coach Alan Trammell that the play was close enough to challenge. ... The Padres lost a challenge in the eighth inning, when a review upheld the decision that Owings was safe on a close play at first after a strikeout/wild pitch. That review took 40 seconds.
End quote: "Numbers mean absolutely nothing to me right now. Just trying to work on stuff. Obviously, results are great. It doesn't translate. If you are something specific you are working on that gets you more comfortable for the season, that is the beet thing to do right now." -- D-backs center fielder A.J. Pollock, who is 10 for 25 this spring.
Monday's games: Diamondbacks (7-6-2) vs. Mariners (9-4), Salt River Fields, 7:10 p.m.
Probable pitchers: Patrick Corbin (0-1, 4.50) vs. James Paxton (0-0, 0.00)