Notes from Wednesday’s opener

Some notes from Wednesday’s game…

— I wrote about Chris Young’s performance with his new mechanics at the plate, but here a couple of quotes that didn’t make the story:

Young: “I was just trying to stay quiet at the plate and get a good
pitch and see as many pitches as possible. Just trying to stay a little more quiet where I can stay on
the heater but at the same time be back for the offspeed so we’ll see how it
works out.”

Melvin: It’s not important that he has to get off to a good start, but to work as hard has he has in the offseason and get some results right away certainly adds to [his] conviction.”

— Gerardo Parra made a laser throw from right field to nail a runner at the plate in the seventh inning.

Ironically, the runner Parra gunned down was former D-backs outfield prospect Carlos Gonzalez.

— Juan Gutierrez, a candidate for one of the final spots in the bullpen allowed two runs on three hits over two innings, but Melvin said he pitched better than the numbers.

“I thought Gutierrez threw the ball pretty well too,” Melvin said. “I gave
him a plus grade today.”

— The D-backs collected seven hits in the game.

“We were a little early swinging in the count today,” Melvin said. “I don’t
think we were as patient.”

— Billy Buckner allowed one run on three hits in his two innings of work and did not use the cut fastball that he has been working on for the last several weeks.

— Miguel Montero was hit on the side of his right leg just above his knee with a pitch, but said after the game that he was fine.

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