Notes From D-backs vs. Cubs
Thoughts from Rodrigo Lopez’s final tune-up start before the regular season…
– We’re looking at the regular starters for both teams, which is nice. The stats don’t count, but at least the quality of baseball should be high.
– A 1-2-3 first inning for Rodrigo, with the only potential trouble being a long fly ball to center off the bat of Derrek Lee that Chris Young tracked down.
– Justin Upton hit an opposite-field liner for a double, that might have featured an attempt at a triple in the regular season.
– Another three up, three down for Rodrigo, this time with a 4-6-3 double play for Xavier Nady.
– Nice opposite field single for Chris Young. Those are the kind of hits I think a lot of people here would like to see from him. He stayed back on a pitch that was out over the plate and pushed a line drive over the head of second baseman Mike Fontenot.
– …and he follows it up with a steal of second. RBI opportunity here for Kelly Johnson. Well, that was quick. Looking strikeout ends the inning, scoreless after two.
– Another inning, another 1-2-3 for Lopez.
– There goes the no-hitter for Lopez. Marlon Byrd just rapped a single to center.
– Lopez goes upstairs to strike out Derrek Lee swinging, then on the next batter, Miguel Montero guns down Byrd trying to steal. Three up, three down again for Lopez.
– Mark Reynolds just hit a home run that left he park in a hurry, driving in Adam LaRoche (who walked) to give the D-backs a 2-0 lead. That’s Reynolds’ fourth homer of the spring.
– Another good strikeout for Lopez, a slider down and in gets Aramis Ramirez swinging.
– Kelly Johnson smacks a double to left-center field, which is nice to see. I’m not sure how often Johnson will be hitting out of the eighth spot in the order like he is tonight, but if he does, the D-backs are looking at a great deal of power from their eight hole. A 30-double, 15-homer season is right up Johnson’s alley, and he’s patient enough to lay off some of the junk balls opposing pitchers throw to that batter in order to get to the pitcher’s spot in the lineup.