"The swing is all about the work I've been doing the last few weeks. I've been watching video, I've been working in the cage trying to let the ball get a little closer before I swing. And at the same time before I'm connecting, I'm thinking about being aggressive with my swing."
- Yasmany Tomas
Frias, in a tryout to replace injured starter Brandon McCarthy, outpitched former Minor League teammate Rubby De La Rosa, who allowed a solo shot to Justin Turner leading off the second inning. De La Rosa walked three of the nine batters before the slam by Pederson, who has homered in each of his last three starts. Andre Ethier also homered for the Dodgers, who lead the league with 35.
CF Joc Pederson's grand slam capped a five-run second inning for the Dodgers, who rolled to an 8-0 win over the Diamondbacks on Friday night at Dodger Stadium.
Robbie Ray is tied for second in the minor leagues in strikeouts and his power arm is the main reason the Diamondbacks will slot him into Archie Bradley's spot in the rotation for the next two turns.
Yasmany Tomas is starting to look more like the player the D-backs thought they were getting when they signed the Cuban free agent to a six-year, $68.5 million deal in the offseason.
Hellickson, who was acquired by the D-backs from the Rays in the offseason, has struggled to be consistent with his command and that has cost him. The right-hander's lone win this year came April 19 when he held the Giants to one run over 6 2/3 innings at AT&T Park. Baker, meanwhile, was signed by the Dodgers just before the start of the season and is making his second start of the year. The right-hander is trying to take advantage of the opportunity that injuries to Brandon McCarthy and Hyun-Jin Ryu have provided to carve out a spot in the rotation.