Goldschmidt has 2 hits, scores 3 in D-backs loss
PHOENIX (AP) Paul Goldschmidt had two hits and scored three runs, but the Arizona Diamondbacks lost 9-8 in 10 innings to the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday
Jonathan Lucroy hit a two-run homer in the first off Arizona’s Randall Delgado.
Goldschmidt helped the Diamondbacks jump out to a 6-2 lead but the Brewers rallied late Sean Halton went 2 for 2 and tied the game with a ninth-inning double.
The Brewers took the lead in the seventh but right-hander Hiram Burgos allowed back-to-back home runs by Tuffy Gosewisch and Rudy Flores in the eighth.
Khris Davis led off the 10th with a double to left and moved to third on a sacrifice before sliding in ahead of the throw home when Caleb Gindl reached on a fielder’s choice.
”I really liked the way we battled back,” Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. ”We got some big hits when we needed to . we did a good job offensively.”
Arizona: Delgado allowed five hits over four innings but held the Brewers to just two runs while striking out three.
”He threw the ball OK, but he just made too many mistakes,” Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. ”He’s got to command the zone better.”
Milwaukee: Wily Peralta overcame a rough first inning and worked into the fifth. In four appearances – three starts – this spring, the young right-hander is 0-2 with a 4.15 ERA.
Milwaukee: Right-hander Francisco Rodriguez played catch for the second straight day Friday but is still a ways from pitching after stepping on a cactus Monday night.
Rodriguez was scheduled to make his first spring appearance Thursday but had nearly two dozen spines pulled from his left heel – and still has a number of spines lodged under the skin.
”Yesterday, once he got off his long toss, it didn’t feel good on his landing foot,” Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. ”Hopefully tomorrow to the next day we’ll see where we are.
”He doesn’t need a lot of outings and arm-wise, he thinks he’s OK if he only makes three or four (appearances),” Roenicke added. ”It probably depends on how his command is when he’s out there.”
Martin Prado went 2 for 3 and scored Friday, continuing a solid spring. One of five players acquired in the Justin Uptpon deal before last season, Prado overcame a slow start to bat .282 with 14 home runs and 82 RBIs. Entering play Friday, Prado was batting .500 (15-for-30) with five doubles and five RBIs.
Gibson will meet with GM Kevin Towers over the weekend to finalize the roster for Arizona’s season-opening trip to Australia.
Through 18 Cactus League games, the Diamondbacks are 9-9 and have two exhibitions left before departing for Sydney, where they’ll face the Dodgers March 21-23.
”We know what part of the spring we’re in right now,” Gibson said. ”It’s tough for everybody. It’s getting a little lengthy right now, so the trip (to Australia) will be good for us.”