Taylor Clarke may have had the best outing of his career to date. The young righty, after getting roughed up badly in more than half his starts this season, built off the momentum he started producing facing the lowly Orioles. In 5 1⁄3 innings, Clarke allowed only one unearned run to the high-flying Yankees, while walking only two and striking out six. Archie Bradley continued his stretch of improved performance, stepping in to fill the role of closer for the night and managing a four-out save. The victory returned the Diamondbacks to .500 on the season as they enter the last day of trade eligibility.
Taylor Clarke and Archie Bradley turned in top-notch performances on Tuesday, helping to lead the Diamondbacks past the team with the most wins in the American League.
Five days after the birth of his daughter, Taylor Clarke took the mound in the Bronx. He turned in a great outing while receiving run support from an offense that disappeared while in Miami. Christian Walker and Carson Kelly provided home runs to help the cause.
Mike Hazen has made no secret about his disappointment with his team’s play of late. Still the team remains at .500 on the season and just took a game from the Yankees in the Bronx, despite a solid effort from New York’s pitching and Arizona sending Taylor Clarke to the mound in response. Sitting only 3.0 games out of a playoff berth, some would argue this is a time to add talent. Others are ready to sell and prepare for next season.
Count Torey Lovullo among those who will be happy when August first rolls around. Arizona’s manager is of the opinion that trade deadline concerns may have infected his team and its play.
It is unlikely that Robbie Ray’s value as a trade commodity will ever be higher. What should Arizona be doing about that?
Jesse Friedman makes his case for why the Diamondbacks should not trade Zack Greinke.
The Cincinnati Reds, Tampa BAy Rays, and San Diego Padres pulled off a three-team trade Tuesday night that is likely to be the biggest deal of the deadline. The Cleveland Indians sent right-handed starter Trevor Bauer to the Reds. The Indians received outfielder Yasiel Puig and lefty pitching prospect Scott Moss from the Reds along with outfielder Franmil Reyes, left-handed pitcher Logan Allen, rookie-ball infielder Victor Nova from the Padres. The Reds sent Taylor Trammell to the Padres to complete the trade.
The Atlanta Braves made a move to strengthen their bullpen by trading with the Texas Rangers. The Rangers sent hard-throwing Chris Martin to the Braves in exchange for left-hander Kolby Allard.