Robbie Ray had another improved outing, allowing only three runs while going 6 1⁄3 innings, striking out nine and walking three. The Dodgers put together what amounted to a bullpen game which managed to keep the Diamondbacks from doing any sort of scoring after the third inning. Ketel Marte was the highlight for Arizona in the game. The center fielder continued his breakout season by establishing a new franchise record for consecutive multi-hit games.
While the Diamondbacks closed out the first half with a 40-41 record, the Dodgers continued to pad their lead in the NL West by matching a franchise-best start to the season, going 55-24 over the first 81 games.
Marte extended his streak of consecutive multi-hit games to eight with singles in the third and fifth innings, setting a club record by surpassing Luis Gonzalez, who had seven consecutive multi-hit games in 2001.
Having taken only 15 at-bats in 2019, Jake Lamb looks to get back to work and to help bolster the Arizona offense.
The activation of Jake Lamb from the IL is about to create some interesting dilemmas for the team’s manager as he tries to get Lamb into games. Solid performances from Christian Walker and Eduardo Escobar could make finding playing time difficult.
With Jake Lamb going to the IL to open the season, Christian Walker has done everything he can to grab hold of the starting first base position, having spent the previous five years blocked by some of the very best first basemen in the business.
The left-hander who was the second round selection of the Diamondbacks in 2015 will be making his big league debut on Thursday, helping the team respond the the rash of injuries which have plagued the rotation.
It seems Kyler Murray found his way onto a baseball diamond after all. The overall first pick in the NFL draft threw out the first pitch on Tuesday while the Coyotes first selection (11th overall) of the recent NHL draft, Victor Soderstrom also took part in the pre-game activities.
With a fastball that has occasionally come in slower than his changeup and only 2.6 mph separating the average velocities of the two, Zack Greinke is not supposed to be this good.