So that didn’t go so well. Starter Robbie Ray threw first-pitch strikes to seven of the first eight batters he faced, but he faced all of those batters in the first inning, allowing the Cardinals to run up a 4-0 lead before the good guys even came to the plate. He settled down after that, however, retiring ten straight at one point and racking up 7 strikeouts over five innings of work. Meanwhile, the Diamondbacks offense, which has been struggling of late to string together productive at-bats, nevertheless managed to scratch two runs back (though they squandered several opportunities to do more).
Unfortunately, however, Ray came out to start the sixth, and promptly surrendered back-to-back homers to Yadier Molina and former Padre Jedd Gyorko before finally getting the hook. 5 IP, 6 ER, yuck.
And that was pretty much it. Pollock reached on a fielder-s choice in the eighth, and was driven in by a Peralta single, but it wasn’t exactly what one would call a rally.
This one was certainly a bummer, taking a loss on what seemed like it should be a winnable game. There were some bright spots, however. The four clean innings of work that Ray sandwiched in between the first and the sixth. AJ Pollock is back, (though his bat might not have returned on the same bus from Reno). Goldy went 4 for 4 on the night. Andrew Chafin, new call-up Joey Krehbiel, and Archie Bradley combined for four shutout innings out of the bullpen. We fielded a lineup today that featured no position player with a batting average below the Mendoza line. So there’s that.
Full recap to follow shortly.