Robbie Ray had better control this evening against the San Francisco Giants than he had in his previous 3 starts this season after some initial struggles in the early innings. Ray had to avoid damage with runners in scoring position in the 2nd and 3rd innings, including a bases loaded jam in the latter. Robbie became the 4th fastest left handed pitcher, starter or reliever, to reach 600 career strikeouts by number of innings pitched in Major League history tonight with a 3 pitch strikeout to Chris Stratton in the 2nd. He settled in nicely in the 4th and 5th behind solid defensive play from nearly all of his teammates on the diamond, but a two run home run from Evan Longoria in the 6th gave the Giants a 2-0 lead.
The Diamondbacks had opportunities with runners in scoring position and no outs in the 7th, and 8th innings but managed only a single run which came in the 8th. Paul Goldschmidt lead off the bottom of the 9th with a double, as he did in the 7th as well, and was driven in by A.J. Pollock to tie the game at two apiece. After a flyout from Daniel Descalso to move Pollock to third, he was stranded there on a strikeout from Alex Avila and groundout from Jarrod Dyson.
Andrew McCutchen opened the Giants’ 10th with a leadoff single off of close Brad Boxberger, and another two run home run, this time off the bat of Brandon Belt, sealed a victory for the orange creamsicles in extras.
Full recap to follow.