"I don't not want to start him against righties for the rest of the year, but a lot of times we're going to probably have to start Chris to get the other guys in there. That's just the way it's going to be."
- Chip Hale on Nick Ahmed
"If you're a young pitcher, at some point you're going to have to put first impressions out there. Some guys have struggled, some guys have done OK. It's all part of the growing process."
- Mike Harkey
Addison Russell connected on two home runs and Anthony Rizzo hit a grand slam to power the Cubs' offense in a 14-5 win over the D-backs on Friday at Wrigley Field. Rookie Javier Baez added his first home run of the season during an eight-run fifth inning in which 11 Cubs came to the plate.
Arizona rookie starter Zack Godley (4-1), recalled from Double-A Mobile prior to the game, lost for the first time after solid performances in three previous major-league starts — including two six-inning outings when he didn’t allow a run. The former Cubs propect struggled with control in this one, walking six while allowing six runs on four hits in 3 2/2 innings. He walked in two runs as Chicago jumped ahead 3-0 in the first with just one bloop single.
The D-backs love what Nick Ahmed brings to the table defensively at shortstop, but they also feel he needs to contribute more on the offensive side of things to be an everyday player.
One of the newest Diamondbacks, infielder Phil Gosselin, discusses his first few days with the team.
The D-backs are giving some young pitchers a look this year, and while that can lead to breakthrough performances, it can also lead to a day like Friday, when the Cubs scored early and often against Zack Godley to beat the D-backs, 14-5, at Wrigley Field.
Ray has allowed three or fewer runs in four of his past five outings, and his 2.64 ERA on the road is seventh best in the NL.