"I'm mixing in the slider and changeup more than I have and that was working for me as long as I was keeping it down in the zone. The couple that I left up, they put good swings on it. But for the most part, it was good."
- Robbie Ray
The Giants pounded out 14 hits, 13 of which were singles, as they clinched a series victory over the D-backs with an 8-4 win Saturday at Chase Field.
RHP Chase Anderson continued his struggles and turned in his shortest start of the year, and the Diamondbacks couldn't recover, falling 8-4 to the San Francisco Giants in front of 37,609 on Saturday at Chase Field.
However, while the season is a far cry from last season and has fans excited about Diamondbacks baseball again, it has left the team in an interesting position heading into the trade deadline. That position is whether or not to be buyers or sellers.
D-backs starter Robbie Ray has been working with pitching coach Mike Harkey on doing a better job of mixing in offspeed pitches to go with his plus fastball. His outing against the Giants on Friday night may have matched his shortest of the season, but the D-backs left-hander continued to show what has made him strong throughout the year, as well as the progress he has made.
Paul Goldschmidt's brilliance coupled with his relative anonymity.I know. I know. How can a guy voted into the All-Star Game be anonymous? One of the most common social-media posts I saw during Major League Baseball's Midsummer Classic read something like this: "So that's what Paul Goldschmidt looks like."
The most dynamic pitching matchup of the three-game series pits Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner against D-backs lefty Patrick Corbin on Sunday at Chase Field as San Francisco seeks its sixth straight win and a series sweep.