Once again, Robbie Ray looked both good and vulnerable at the same time. Paul Goldschmidt continued to make people forget he ever struggled this season. David Peralta was missing in action. Zack Greinke pinch-hit. Nick Ahmed got ejected for telling a crap umpire he was doing a crap job. New York still cannot get replays correct. The night had a little bit of everything, but in the end, it’s result is all that really matters. On that front, the Diamondbacks hung another W on their record, shortening the season for the likes of Colorado and Los Angeles by yet one more day.
18 pitches into the game, Robbie Ray had walked the first two batters he had faced and still not recorded an out. An inconsistent strike zone and the most recent attempts to have Ray working the bottom of the zone plagued Ray as his season of inconsistent results continued. One batter he looks amazing. The next batter fouls of three pitches on a full-count to draw a walk.
In real-time, it looked like Jay may have gotten a beer shower because he managed to make his play on the ball from both above and behind the top of the wall in his attempt to rob the Padres’ Eric Hosmer. Replays clearly show the play was fan interference. The fan was over the line and his beer clearly interfered with Jay’s defensive effort. New York did not see it that way and Hosmer rounded the bases, adding yet more drama to what was already a rough night for Robbie Ray.
Paul Goldschmidt wasted no time in making his presence felt on Friday night. The slugging first baseman took the first pitch he saw from Padres’ starter, Joey Lucchesi, and deposited in the left field bleachers. Steven Souza, Jr. also got in on the fun, driving in three runs in the game.
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