March 3: D-backs daily recap
WHAT WE LEARNED:
Bauer’s curveball was particularly impressive today as he got a couple of called strikes on it early and he seemed confident in throwing all of his pitches.
This was also the first time I had seen his pregame routine which includes playing long toss from foul pole to foul pole. It truly is an amazing thing to watch.
– D-backs fans clearly were ready for the start of the Cactus League as there was a record crowd at Salt River Fields.
– This Kevin Towers guy just might know a thing or two about judging players. Just yesterday, Towers was telling us that he liked how Marc Krauss looked early in camp. Then, wham, Krauss goes out and goes 2-for-5 with a triple and three RBIs in the opener.
This is a big year for him as he tries to re-establish his prospect status.
– Justin Upton and Chris Young got off to hot starts as they went a combined 5-for-6 with a homer and an RBI.
– Konrad Schmidt had a nice day going 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI against the Giants.
Speaking of Schmidt, Happy Birthday wishes go out to his grandmother Laverne Schmidt of Corte Madera, Calif. Laverne turned 93 years young Saturday and Konrad not only called her to pass along his wishes, he also had a big day at the plate.
– Was not over at the game with the Giants, but heard that Rusty Ryal was forced to leave the game. Gibson told us that Ryal has been battling some tightness in his groin.
– Looks like LHP Wade Miley pitched well against the Giants tossing two scoreless innings.
– Matt Davidson was 1-for-3 against the Rockies, but was even more impressive with his glove at third.
“Davidson I thought played pretty well over there,” Gibson said. “Showed soft hands. I like the way he looks at the plate.”
– Because of the split-squad game, Davidson and outfielder A.J. Pollock had to play all nine innings.
“I didn’t really want to do that the first day, but they handled themselves well,” Gibson said. “We’ll try and adjust tomorrow. I may not use them tomorrow.”
– Impressive day on the mound for the D-backs against the Rockies. Patrick Corbin was a little wild with three walks in 1 2/3 innings. Lefty Mike Zagurski struck out two of the three batters he faced and Evan Marshall also looked sharp.
“Pitching overall today was good,” Gibson said.
If you haven’t read Nick Piecoro’s piece on Bauer in today’s Arizona Republic, do yourself a favor and check it out. Good stuff.
WHAT’S COMING UP:
The D-backs play host to the Giants at Salt River Fields on Sunday with Opening Day starter Ian Kennedy on the mound.
– Relievers Takashi Saito and Craig Breslow are expected to make their D-backs debuts in the game. Brad Ziegler and David Hernandez are also among those who should see action.
– If you don’t have tickets yet, you’re out of luck. The game is officially a sellout.
– Brian Burres will start for the split-squad Giants, who are throwing Madison Bumgarner against the Brewers in Maryvale .
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