The All-Star break can’t come soon enough. The last time a starting pitcher went longer than 6 innings was July 3rd, when Zack Greinke threw 6 2/3rds IP against the Cardinals. Since then, the starters have flopped and the bullpen has felt the brunt of that. Yesterday was more of the same, with Shelby Miller only going 1 inning before leaving due to injury. That extended outing was felt today, and Robbie Ray did them no favors as well.
Things started off well for the offense, with baseball magnet Jon Jay accepting another free base from a HBP, his 11th since coming over in the trade. Nick Ahmed flew out but Paul Goldschmidt singled, moving Jay to 2nd. A.J Pollock came through, singling to left to score Jay 1-0 Dbacks.
Surprisingly that lead would hold for a while, although Robbie Ray would skirt in and out of trouble through his start, allowing baserunners in every inning.
The first saw DJ LeMahieu single to lead off but the Rockies went down in order. The second inning was the same, with Desmond doubling to lead things off. Again, Ray got out of the jam, getting 2 grounders and a strikeout of old friend Chris Iannetta to escape. Arenado doubled in the 3rd with two outs, with Story walking, but Desmond struck out.
The fourth and fifth innings saw the Rockies get singles but that was it, with Ray again escaping the threats.
The offense was bad of course, unable to get anything done at all. Even after Steven Souza led off with a triple, the offense still couldn’t score the run, with Kyle Freeland striking out Ketel Marte, JRM and Ray to end the threat. Just embarrassing.
Robbie Ray went out for the 5th and started it off fine, getting an easy groundout from Desmond for the 1st out. But CarGo was HBP and Iannetta walked, which was all Torey Lovullo needed to see, who replaced him with Silvino Bracho, fresh from Reno. It went about as expected, with Bracho allowing a single to Parra to score Cargo. Chafin came on and matched that, allowing a single to score Iannetta and a sac fly from LeMahieu to score Parra for the third run of the inning, 3-1 Rockies.
After a shutout top half of the inning, Randall Delgado came on and served up a meatball to Trevor Story. Desmond walked and stole 2nd, then scored on a CarGo single giving us our final score of 5-1 after the offense did nothing in retaliation.
☆☆☆ - Robbie Ray (5.1IP, 5H, 8Ks, 2ER), +28.7% WPA
☆☆ - Steven Souza Jr. (2 for 4, 1 3B, 1 2B), +11.8% WPA
☆ - You for having to watch this awful offense, +.01% WPA
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The D-backs continue the road-trip in Atlanta, with a 3-game series against the Braves. Let’s hope the D-backs can turn things around before the break.