"I’m so thankful that I met Jerry Colangelo. He had a vision for this franchise. He brought successful baseball to Arizona, something that all of you can be proud of. We won a World Series faster than any other franchise in history, and I thank you Jerry."
– Randy Johnson on the former D-backs owner
The Arizona Diamondbacks entered Saturday with an opportunity to string together back-to-back wins for the first time this month. And they got another decent pitching performance from starter Robbie Ray. Problem is, the offense ran dry.
Saying "there were a lot of special moments created here," Randy Johnson thanked fans, teammates, front office personnel, even the clubhouse guys, when the Arizona Diamondbacks retired his No. 51 on Saturday night.
The Arizona Diamondbacks executed their second trade in 24 hours Saturday, shipping utility infielder Cliff Pennington to the Toronto Blue Jays for Class-A shortstop Dawel Lugo. Arizona is sending cash along with Pennington, although it’s not known how much of the $1.025 million remaining on Pennington’s one-year, $3.275 million deal the Diamondbacks are picking up.
In less than 24 hours, the D-backs traded a pair of veteran players in reliever Oliver Perez and utility infielder Cliff Pennington, and replaced them on the 25-man roster with a pair of Minor Leaguers in Keith Hessler and Jamie Romak before Saturday's 4-1 loss to the Reds at Chase Field. But D-backs manager Chip Hale said the focus for his club remains on finishing the season strong and remaining in the hunt for a National League Wild Card spot.
The teams close a three-game weekend set on Sunday at Chase Field with D-backs right-hander Patrick Corbin (2-3, 3.99 ERA) making his seventh start after returning on July 4 about 15 months after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He'll face rookie Reds right-hander Anthony DeSclafani (7-7, 3.71).