For the second outing in a row, Robbie Ray resembled more the form the team came to rely on in 2017 than the one he showed throughout the early 2018 season. The hard-throwing lefty went 6 1⁄3 scoreless innings, striking out 10, walking only two, and allowing only two hits. A.J. Pollock finally had a decent night at the plate, going 2-for-4. Mathis and Marte also contributed to the offense. The result was a much-needed win for the struggling Diamondbacks.
Robbie Ray opened the game by striking out the first four batters he faced. He didn’t allow a hit for 4 2⁄3 innings, when Franmil Reyes punched a single to left field.
Arizona’s first baseman was selected as the team’s nominee for this year’s Roberto Clemente Award, which is awarded to the player who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team”, as voted on by baseball fans and members of the media.
A tight pennant race and a lack of offense is doing Arizona’s pitchers no favours.
After playing his second rehab game for AAA Reno, Dyson revealed to club trainers that he was still suffering discomfort from his lower core injury. It is unclear how long he has been experiencing the discomfort. Dyson is now being shut down for a few days to recover and to get looked at by trainers and doctors to see if it is a re-injury, or simply the stress of increased activity.
While Arizona struggles through the early parts of September, fans are reminded that this season was made possible by postponing the rebuild process by a second year. How the team performs down the stretch could go a long way towards determining how the team proceeds once November rolls around.
With the enigmatic Cuban having his contract selected by the Diamondbacks, John Sickels reflects on what the Diamondbacks might have in the now 25-year-old former hot prospect.
With the Diamondbacks sitting 1.5 games out in the NL West and 2.0 games out in the race for a wild card slot, September is shaping up to be an exciting month of baseball.