Robbie Ray struggled early on, allowing a run in each of the first two innings, but Justin Verlander also had his issues. Those came to a head in the third inning, when the D-backs roared back with three runs, on RBI hits by Paul Goldschmidt, Yasmany Tomas and Brandon Drury. However, Ray’s control issues resurfaced in the fifth, and the Tigers put up a three-spot of their own. That ended Ray’s night: he allowed five runs on five hits - he struck out eight, but the problem was the five walks.
Even thereafter, the Diamondbacks had their chances. They had the tying run on base with no outs in the seventh, and the bases loaded with two outs, but Tomas waved vaguely, at three pitches that might not have been eligible for in-state tuition at ASU. Justin Upton shot a bomb to center, and Jorge De La Rosa brought in Detroit’s final run with a bases loaded walk. A.J. Pollock had two hits, Goldschmidt a hit and a walk, and Jake Lamb a pair of walks, but the D-backs dropped their fifth game in the last six.
ish95 will be along with the full recap later, when he returns from Chase Field.