Robbie Ray reached 200 strikeouts for the second consecutive season, and also reached double digits in K’s for his fourth start in a row. He worked seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits, but one of the runs was unearned (albeit due to his own error). He walked none and struck out 10. However, he was in line for the loss as we entered the seventh inning, because the Diamondbacks offense struggled to handle the Shark. All they could manage through the front six was an RBI triple off the bat of Daniel Descalso, scoring Paul Goldschmidt.
However, three consecutive hits with one out in the seventh turned the game around. Descalso and Ketel Marte singled, then A.J. Pollock drove them both home with a double. Pollock was out trying to stretch it into a triple, but the D-backs had the lead. Archie Bradley then did the Bradley thing, with a perfect eighth, setting the table for Fernando Rodney. He retired the Giants in order, and Arizona retained its five-game lead in the wild-card.
Turambar’s beercap will be along in a bit!