This was an old-fashioned pitchers’ duel at Petco tonight, with both starting pitchers proving highly effective on the mound. There wasn’t a hit for either side until Welington Castillo’s single leading off the fifth inning; a throwing error and a double-play ball got the D-backs on the board. As last night, San Diego responded immediately, a one-out homer tying things up. But that would be the only hit Robbie Ray would allow, as he pitched a brilliant seven innings, striking out a career high 13 batters, with just that hit and one walk allowed. Another throwing error helped the D-backs push another run across the board in the sixth, to give them a 2-1 lead, even though Arizona had only two hits through eight innings themselves.
Enter the Arizona bullpen, and Jake Barrett and Steve Hathaway wasted no time - they loaded the bases without retiring a batter. Enter Daniel Hudson, who performed a remarkable Houdini act, escaping the jam on a trio of infield pop-ups. With a one-run lead in the ninth, it was time for the goat on Thursday and Friday, Enrique Burgos to enter. He got a leadoff strikeout, then put the tying run on base, but retired the next two hitters, finishing off with a 98 mph strikeout for the save.
thunderpumpkin will be along in a bit with the full recap.