Thursday, February 23, 2017

For starters, D-backs roll past Grand Canyon

The D-backs checked the boxes in their exhibition game against Grand Canyon University on Wednesday, as 27 players saw game action and the team came out relatively unscathed on the injury front in its 9-1 victory.
Most starters made one plate appearance before departing.
"I think the guys were excited about it," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. "They were playing energized, focused baseball and that's what I was most excited about."
Here are some other notes from Wednesday:
• Third baseman Jake Lamb drove in the first run of the game with a ground-rule double down the right-field line.
"I was just looking to shoot something over the shortstop and he threw a real slow slider/curveball and just hit it down the line," Lamb said. "I'll take it. You can practice all you want, but little things like guy on second -- get him over -- guy on third less than two outs, granted it's college competition, but these are real situations you can put yourself in."
• Outfielder Reymond Fuentes had to leave the game when he knocked knees with the GCU third baseman rounding third base. Lovullo said the injury did not appear serious.
• Speaking of injuries, catcher Chris Herrmann (bruised right foot) caught a live batting practice session while right-hander Matt Koch (right hamstring) threw a side session and reported no discomfort.

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