Robbie Ray had a somewhat rough, inefficient outing, but it didn’t matter a lick. The Diamondbacks’ offense responded by supporting him with a franchise-record outburst, scoring 20 runs on 18 hits, including five home runs.
The Diamondbacks opened the game with five runs in the first inning and simply continued to pile on throughout the remainder of the game.
Paul Goldschmidt, Nick Ahmed, Ketel Marte, and Alex Avila (yes, that Alex Avila) were joined by recently reactivated Steven Souza, Jr. in hitting home runs on Saturday. The five home runs accounted for eight of the Diamondbacks’ record-setting 20 runs scored in the game.
After essentially missing the entirety of the season to this point, Steven Souza could really help turn around the Arizona’s team wRC+ of 87.
While Dyson was better known for his speed and his defense than his bat, the outfielder going to the DL has caused more injury issues for a team plagued by them all season. While Jay relies upon a different skill set, he remains a quality veteran outfielder who can either start or come off the bench.
Multiple teams were under the same impression as the Diamondbacks, that Matt McLain had every reason to sign when offered such a high slot value bonus. Undersized, with little power, and likely to be forced to move to second base, the athletic prep start simply did not profile as a hard sign. The initial asking price was considered a negotiation, not a hard floor. Given it would have required incurring penalties, it was never a reasonable starting ask.