Robbie Ray continued his ownership of the Dodgers. The left-hander allowed only two runs through six full innings while striking out seven. The bullpen pitched five scoreless innings, allowing Carson Kelly to be the offensive hero not once, but twice in the game.
With the Diamondbacks down two in the ninth with a man on, Carson Kelly sent a pitch above the strike zone into the seats in right center field to tie the game. In the 11th innings, he went down and pulled a pitch at the knees into the left field seats to give the Diamondbacks a one-run lead that decided the game.
Carson Kelly was responsible for all of Arizona’s runs in the extra-inning victory over the Dodgers.
Bradley Earns Save, Benches Clear
Archie Bradley took the mound in the 11th and brought the heat. With A.J. Pollack up, Bradley came in tight. Pollock pulled his hands out of the way, but the ball made contact and went up into the air. Carson Kelly put hs glove out and Pollock was ruled out. Pollock claimed the ball hit his wrist. Ramon De Jesus claimed it hit the knob of the bat. Pollock still went down to first as his team called for a review. The review of the play was inconclusive and so the call stood. Pollock crossed the field to return to the dugout and as he did, he had some “choice words” for De Jesus. Bradley was not thrilled with Pollock’s behavior and started voicing his displeasure. The Dodgers kept barking from the dugout and Bradley continued responding from the mound. Bradley then finished off the Dodgers by throwing a 98 mph fastball right by Will Smith. With the game over, Bradley upped his demonstrative barking at the Dodgers. The Dodgers responded by clearing the bench. Though no punches were thrown, it looks like the Dodgers’ Dave Roberts possibly has a 1-2 game suspension heading his way.
A.J. Pollock knows all about Archie Bradley’s short fuse on the field. One has to wonder if Pollock and the Dodgers weren’t trying to light it, hoping to capitalize on an explosion leading to a blown save.
Ketel Marte Ranked 6th On Most Versatile Defender List (The Athletic)
Switching to center field between seasons in order to replace the departed A.J. Pollock, Ketel Marte has not lost a beat. Showing himself to be an average or better fielder at second, short, and in center this season, Marte’s defensive versatility has been a huge bonus for the Diamondbacks. Two Dodgers ranked ahead of Marte with Max Muncy topping the list and Kiké Hernández ranking fourth. Others on the list ahead of Marte were the Marlins’ Brian Anderson, the Mets’ Jeff McNeil, and the Angels’ David Fletcher, who is the older brother of the Diamondbacks’ Dominic Fletcher, the 75th overall pick in this season’s draft.
Despite bouncing around the field at up-the-middle positions, including playing a new position in center field, Ketel Marte has yet to commit an error this season.
Archie Bradley discovered in high school that only one thing provided him anything close to the rush he experienced while on the mound. Now, with the aid of another high school friend and an established lodge operator, Bradley has opened his own duck hunting lodge, complete with a high-end lodge experience, guided hunts, and even loaner equipment.
Slowly but surely, the Cleveland Indians have been shipping away at Minnesota’s lead on the AL Central. On Friday night, they finally caught up to the Twins and are now tied with Minnesota for the division lead.
Three weeks ago the Mets were done for. Apparently no one gave them the memo. On Friday night, the Mets continued a surge towards postseason play by defeating the fellow wild card contender Washington Nationals with an exhilarating ninth inning comeback and walk-off win. The Mets have now won seven in a row and 14 of 15 and sit only half a game out of the second NL Wild Card.