Record: 5-5-2. Change on 2018: +1. 5-inning record: 5-4-3.
And when I saw “working,” I mean Robbie Ray recorded eight successive outs by the K against the Brewers at Maryvale Stadium. From the last out in the first through to the opening one in the fourth inclusive, every batter retired took their lumber with them back to the Milwaukee dugout. The only glitch was a solo home-run in the middle, though purists were probably unhappy that this mean nine consecutive Brewers’ hitters failed to put the ball in play. Indeed, that was very much the way of Ray today (!), as two of the three hits he allowed were home-runs. All told, the fourteen batters Robbie faced this afternoon resulted in only four balls in play.
The final line was 3.2 innings pitched, with three runs allowed on those three hits, with no walks and eight strikeouts. It was looking considerably better than that, before the last two batters Ray faced went double, two-run homer, so it might have been a case of Robbie running out of gas. After Joey Krehbiel tidied up the inning, the rest of the pitchers were a bit of a mixed bag. Andrew Chafin and Kevin Ginkel each struck out a pair in their innings of work, but between them Yoan Lopez gave up three hits and a run in the sixth. Ryan Atkinson was tagged with the L today, after his run allowed in the bottom of the eighth broke a 4-4 tie and proved the margin of defeat for Arizona.
Not a great deal of offense for the Diamondbacks, with seven different hits coming from seven different hitters. 2B-3B Juniel Querecuto had a walk and a hit, while there were RBI doubles for LF David Peralta and PH Yasmany Tomas, in the fourth and eighth respectively. Steven Souza hit his second home-run of the season in the second inning, off Jhoulys Chacín (2015 called: they want their Arizona Diamondback back). Tomorrow, it’s back to Salt River Fields for the boys to face Cleveland, and an intriguing pitching match-up which sees Zack Greinke taking the mound for Arizona, and Trevor Bauer for the Indians. Keep an eye out for low-flying drones...