Hale praises D-backs' approach in exhibition win over ASU

Hale praises D-backs' approach in exhibition win over ASU

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The result does not count toward their Spring Training record, but that doesn't mean there weren't some noteworthy things to come out of the D-backs' 4-0 win over the Arizona State University Sun Devils on Tuesday afternoon.

D-backs right fielder Mark Trumbo looked good in his two at-bats, even though he only had one hit to show for it. His other at-bat resulted in a sharp lineout to right fielder Trever Allen, who made a run-saving two-out catch.

"That was a bullet to right field his first at-bat," D-backs manager Chip Hale said. "It could have been a two-run double. And his second at-bat, he battled again with two strikes and hit that ball that dropped into right-center. And he laid off some very tough breaking balls in the dirt."

Chip Hale poses with Sun Devils manager Tracy Smith. (Jennifer Stewart/D-backs)

Seven D-backs pitchers combined on the shutout, giving up six hits and more importantly only allowing two walks against nine strikeouts.

"All the pitchers looked great," Hale said. "You can't expect them to be spot on with their command, but they were pretty darn good."

The D-backs only struck out three times and had a good two-strike approach, something Hale has focused on this spring.

"A lot of our emphasis is getting back to championship, winning baseball," Hale said. "And since Day 1, I've said you have to be situationally sound. Being tough in an at-bat increases the pitch count. That's the type of player I was, and I always believed that pitchers used to get mad because they had a hard time striking me out. Seven or eight pitches you could foul off. It flusters them, so we want to have those types of at-bats."

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