Hudson solid; Lopez roughed up in Arizona spring debut
By Joey Nowak
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The D-backs defeated the Giants in a 10-5 split-squad slugfest Sunday at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick that featured plenty of early offense, including Mark Trumbo's second homer of the spring.
The third-inning blast, on a 3-1 pitch from Giants lefty Ty Blach that Trumbo climbed the ladder to reach, gave the D-backs a one-run advantage after San Francisco did its damage off Cuban right-hander Yoan Lopez, who was making his Cactus League debut.
It turned out to be a regrettable one for the rookie, as San Francisco tagged him for four runs on five hits in the top of the third as they climbed back from a 3-0 deficit.
Lopez gave up a homer to Guillermo Quiroz in the first at-bat of the inning, then after recording an out, he surrendered hits to three of the next four batters before second baseman Brandon Drury saved another run and ended the inning with a diving stop on a grounder.
The D-backs scored in each of the first two innings, with A.J. Pollock singling to lead off the game and scoring in the first. Drury hit a two-run homer, his first of the spring, in the second after catcher Peter O'Brien singled. Yasmany Tomas' RBI triple highlighted a five-run fifth that also included Drury's RBI single and a two-run double by Danny Worth.
Not to be lost in the shuffle were two good innings from D-backs right-hander Daniel Hudson, who gave up just one hit while striking out one in two innings. Blach went three innings, allowing five runs on five hits.
"It was good to get back out there," said Hudson, who was starting a game for the first time since 2012 and appearing in his first Spring Training game since that same year. "It's been awhile since I've been on that mound. It was good to get back out there and get the first one under my belt and progress from there. Hopefully I'll feel good tomorrow and get everything done between now and the next one."
The D-backs swept the split-squad home-and-home doubleheader as they also beat the Giants at Scottsdale Stadium, 12-2.
D-backs Up Next: After moving to 5-1 this spring with two split-squad victories against the Giants on Sunday, the D-backs will head to Camelback Ranch on Monday to take on the White Sox in the first of two consecutive road games. Right-hander Chase Anderson will get the start, making his second Cactus League appearance, with Rubby De La Rosa, Aaron Blair and Blake Beavan expected to follow him. Paul Goldschmidt and A.J. Pollock are among the position players making the trip.
Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.