Spring has Sprung; D-backs take on GCU in Spring Exhibition

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – In the words of my ancestors, I’m just a caveman. I fell on some ice and later got thawed out by some of your scientists. Your world frightens and confuses me. Sometimes the honking horns of your traffic make me want to get out of my Scion xB and run off into the hills, or wherever. Sometimes when I get a text message, I wonder: “Did little demons get inside my phone and type it?

My primitive mind can’t grasp these concepts. But there is one thing I do know – I love the smell of fresh cut grass and the sound of that baseball hitting that mitt.

Baseball is back, with the first exhibition game of the season kicking off at Salt River Fields with your Arizona Diamondbacks welcoming the Grand Canyon University Antelopes in what is becoming a yearly tradition for the local college teams.

All the big boys for Arizona made a brief appearance with the exception of David Peralta, who was cheering on the team from the bench. Most starters got one at bat, such as AJ Pollock, which is understandable in a game like this.

“Seeing a couple of baseballs off the bat is nice” Pollock added after his start. “We are going to get a lot of that in the next couple of days when Spring Training really starts and the Cactus League gets under way.”

Arcia led the way offensively for the D-backs, going 2-2 with three RBI, on a day when the team only totaled six hits.

Although it is a tall task for the college kids to take on a major league team, the GCU fans were loudly rooting on their squad. Even when they were getting thumped 9-0. It was a thing of beauty.

The big league club takes this one handily, as the D-backs win by a count of 9-1 over GCU in seven innings.

Anthony Banda, Arizona’s starting pitcher, spoke on getting the first start of the season. “It’s what we live for. It’s something, you know, that I look forward to every fifth day. The first one of the year is definitely the best one.”

Banda pitched a hitless inning with two strikeouts in his 2017 debut. “A lot of nerves, a lot of emotions.” he added. “But learning how to control all of that and still being able to execute your pitches and get the outs that you need and move on, so I did that. It was great. It was a great time.”

Arizona kicks off the Cactus League on Saturday against the Colorado Rockies.

 

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