It was a bit of a mixed bag for Robbie Ray on Friday. The lefty once again limited his walks and pitched more efficiently. He committed a throwing error in the third inning that eventually resulted in allowing a three-spot in the fram. He was then locked in and entered the sixth inning with only 74 pitches thrown. He then allowed solo home runs to two Nationals in the frame which put the game out of reach before handing the ball over to Matt Andriese who had another outing to forget. Nick Ahmed and Carson Keely each contributed solo home runs in failed attempts to rally the Diamondbacks.
An errant throw by Robbie Ray led to three runs eventually scoring in the third inning on Friday. This gave the Nationals a lead they never relinquished.
The Diamondbacks 22-inning scoreless pitching streak was brought to a halt in Friday’s loss.
Jon Duplantier’s MRI showed that the right-hander is indeed suffering from an inflamed shoulder, requiring a trip to the IL. With Clarke already in the rotation and both Walker and Weaver likely lost for the season, the Diamondbacks may need to get a bit creative to cover Duplantier’s starts until he is ready to rejoin the rotation.
Jesse Friedman makes his case for trading Eduardo Escobar while he is hot.
The San Diego Padres successfully completed an unlikely comeback, rallying from a ninth inning six-run deficit. Hunter Renfroe hit three home runs in the game.
Don’t worry Dan, it looks like vintage Brett Butler in the boxscore.