This one started off kind of shaky, as the Diamondbacks were already down by two before they ever came up to bat. A five-spot in the bottom of the 1st, though, ensured that starter Robbie Ray would have more help from his offense than he got in his previous start. Ray was shaky again today, having a great deal of difficulty locating his fastball—he walked four on the night, failed to retire the Padres in order in any inning, and ended with a line of 4 ER, 7 H, and 3 HR in only 41⁄3 IP. It wasn’t pretty.
Happily, however, it didn’t matter, as the Diamondbacks continued to pile on the runs, putting up three in the 2nd, three in the 3rd, and four in the 4th to allow Robbie to leave with a 15-4 lead by the time his night was done. We tacked on another in the 6th, and then three more in the 7th, and one more in the 8th. There wasn’t a single inning where Diamondbacks hitters were set down in order. David Peralta finished the night 5 for 6 with 3 RBI, and Alex Avila reached five times from the eighth spot in the batting order with 1 HR and 3 RBI as well. Fun fact: our 20 runs tonight are a new franchise record!
Meanwhile, the bullpen mopped things up nicely, pitching 42⁄3 innings of one-run ball, highlighted by the return of Randall Delgado. Full recap to follow in awhile, because a lot happened tonight.