Diamondbacks Spring Training: Gibson Frustrated With Big Loss; Cahill And Skaggs Struggle

Remember last spring when the Arizona Diamondbacks went 12-25 and then the regular season started and the team ended up winning the division? Well, keep that in mind as you note the D-backs sluggish start to the 2012 Spring Training season which continued with a 10-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday.

The team fell to 1-4-1, and even more concerning (if we were concerned about such things) was the sloppy starts for Trevor Cahill and Tyler Skaggs. Both are expected to play a big role in the D-backs future with Cahill already holding down a spot in the rotation and the lefty Skaggs right on the cusp of his big league debut.

Cahill had an ugly first inning of work on a windy and chilly day at Salt River Fields. He gave up a lead-off hit and followed that with back-to-back dingers to find himself down 3-0 in his first frame of work for the Snakes. Trevor did bounce back well, however, with two strike outs and an easy ground out to second base in inning number two.

Trevor agreed that he was a little "amped up" for his first start, "It was my first time throwing to hitters without a screen in front of people. After you get comfortable, you find a rhythm and go from there."

Young Tyler Skaggs was scratched from his first start on opening day due to shoulder soreness which turned out to be nothing. That left this Wednesday as his opener and he didn't impress going just two-thirds of an inning with four runs, four walks and three earned runs allowed.

If you're keeping score, and why would you be, Cahill and Skaggs combined to allow 7 runs in the first three innings of the game. Brad Ziegler was touched up for two more.

"It was a crap game, again, three in a row. It's frustrating so you certainly have to watch what you say," Kirk Gibson said about managing the game while wearing a microphone for MLB TV.

"Regardless of what process we're in right now, we're still out here to play well and win ball games and it's still frustrating and it doesn't feel good to lose, I don't care where it is," Gibby added.

The team will have a day off Thursday and Gibson is looking for his team to come back Friday with more energy.

For more on the Diamondbacks visit AZ Snake Pit.

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