D-backs game reports: Thursday, March 27
Game recaps: After starting the second game of the regular season against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Sydney, Australia, last Saturday, Wade Miley was not himself in an exhibition game against Cleveland on Thursday, but he did not list that as a cause for his subpar outing — seven hits, three runs, one hit batter and one walk in 4 2/3 innings. "That’s not an excuse at all," Miley said. "Just wasn’t executing pitches, leaving fastballs over the plate. Really wasn’t getting ahead. They were able to sit on things. One to forget." . . . Cincinnati scored seven runs in the final two innings in a victory over a minor-league squad in Goodyear. . . . The D-backs will conclude spring training with a two-game series against the Chicago Cubs at Chase Field on Friday night and Saturday afternoon. The U.S. portion of the regular season begins Monday night.
Hitting notes: Aaron Hill and Tuffy Gosewisch were the only starters to have hits against Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber. Both are hitting .333 this spring. . . . Minor leaguer Nick Evans, a Southern League midseason all-star at Mobile last season and a graduate of Phoenix St. Mary’s High, hit his first spring homer to account for the only run against Cincinnati. He had 19 homers for Mobile in 2013. . . . Tony Campana stole his sixth base against Cleveland. He has not been thrown out this spring.
Pitching notes: Miley, who is to start the second game of the San Francisco series on Tuesday, was late covering the base twice on balls hit to first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. Cleveland scored a run the second time, when Nyjer Morgan beat out a single and came around on David Murphy’s double. "The first one I thought was a foul ball," Miley said. "The second one is one hundred percent my fault. Have to get over there." . . . Reds speedster Billy Hamilton did the only damage allowed by Delgado, tripling and scoring in the first inning and singling and scoring in the third. . . . Josh Collmenter, Brad Ziegler, Joe Thatcher and Addison Reed combined for 4 1/3 innings of scoreless relief against Cleveland.
Short hops: With Cody Ross to open the season on the disabled list, the D-backs have considered carrying 13 pitchers for the week or so until Ross returns. They also might carry both shortstop candidates Chris Owings and Didi Gregorius, manager Kirk Gibson said, although that appears less likely. Ross is eligible to return April 4 but is likely to play a few games at Class AAA Reno before being activated. The Aces’ season opens April 3. Ross is not holding himself to a timetable. . . . Left-handers Oliver Perez and Joe Thatcher are likely to open the season on the D-backs’ 25-man roster, whether they start with 12 pitchers or 13. "I’d say we’re leaning toward two," Gibson said when asked about left-handers in the bullpen. . . . The final roster decisions — backup catcher, starting shortstop, pitchers carried — will be made after Saturday’s final exhibition game, Gibson said.
End quote: "To put a date on when I should feel good is not the way to go. You set a date, and then you press to get there or maybe set it and it is too long. There is no sense in setting a date. We’ll play it by feel." — D-backs outfielder Cody Ross, who is eligible to return from the disabled list April 4.
Friday’s game: D-backs (12-11-3) vs. Chicago Cubs (13-18) Chase Field, 6:40 pm. Probable pitchers: Trevor Cahill (1-1, 7.88) vs. Edwin Jackson (1-3, 5.14).