Tuesday afternoon was a classic display of what baseball is all about. Veteran major league players and college guys going at it in a kid’s game in an early spring exhibition game at Salt River Fields.
The Diamondbacks, who start real Cactus League play Wednesday, faced the Sun Devils, fresh off a 7-4 month of February.
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The game was scoreless going into the bottom of the fifth. Danny Dorn then stepped to the plate for the Diamondbacks and smacked a ground-rule double into right-center field, scoring Nick Ahmed and Ender Inciarte to score the first two runs of the game.
Arizona would tack on two more runs in the bottom of the eighth and eventually sealed the 4-0 win.
As with any spring training game, the Diamondbacks started the game with familiar stars, including A.J. Pollock, Aaron Hill, Paul Goldschmidt and Mark Trumbo, and filled the later innings with young guys looking to make a name for themselves in the big leagues.
The Diamondbacks also saw some positives out of Goldschmidt, who singled on his first at-bat since breaking his hand back on Aug. 1. Goldschmidt was hit in the left hand on a pitch from Ernesto Frieri that sent him to the disabled list for the remainder of 2014.
Arizona will kick off Cactus League action tomorrow when they face the Colorado Rockies at Salt River Fields.
As for the Sun Devils, they will have a couple days off before Long Beach State comes into town for a three-game weekend series this Friday through Sunday, March 6-8.