Given how much Arizona had struggled against Los Angeles this season, tonight's blowout has to be considered a very pleasant surprise. The D-backs scored four in the first, mostly on a three-run homer from Welington Castillo, but really opened the flood-gates in the second, on two-run bombs from Paul Goldschmidt and Nick Ahmed, sandwiching a two-run double from Yasmany Tomas. The Diamondbacks batted around in both innings, and effectively ended all pretense at this being a legitimate contest. They ended the night with 17 hits, four by Ahmed, three by Inciarte plus two apiece by Chris Owings and Tomas. Peter O'Brien also made his debut, with an RBI single off the bench.
Robbie Ray certainly will have appreciated this most unexpected outpouring of run support - I'm not sure he knew what to do with it. He did have a lengthy third inning, and with the game safely in the bag, was lifted after five shutout innings, allowing two hits and three walks, striking out a pair. Enrique Burgos and Matt Stites covered the sixth through eighth frames, and Chip Hale was clearly feeling extremely confident, putting Allen Webster in with a mere 12-run lead. Good job it wasn't less, as Webster blew the shutout badly, giving up a grand-slam, but that was merely a slight hangover after a thoroughly satisfactory night.