The more Robbie Ray pitches this season, the more he reminds of his performance in 2017. Robbie Ray was not “on” in this game by a long shot. Still, he managed to surrender only three runs through six innings of work. All three of the runs came in a rough fourth inning, two of them on a long ball. Outside of that inning, he got plenty of ugly swings out of the St. Louis hitters. He did walk three in the game, one of which scored after a pair of singles by the Cardinals. Despite the low strikeout total, Ray had plenty of swinging strikes. Unlike past games where Ray’s pitch count quickly escalated because of numerous foul balls,in this game, Ray managed to get plenty of chases up in the zone, resulting in pop outs and weak flys. As a result, Ray was able to keep his pitch count manageable, hitting only 97 pitches through six full innings.
Both teams had their scoring limited to the fourth and seventh innings. The Diamondbacks became the beneficiaries of better sequencing when it came to their hit though, allowing them to push the extra runners across. For the Diamondbacks in the fourth, it was a double by Ketel Marte, a single by Jake Lamb, and a triple by Josh Rojas.
In the seventh, Ketel Marte was in the scoring mix again. The Diamondbacks received a single from Starling Marte. He was brought in to score on a home run by Ketel Marte. The Diamondbacks then added one final, all important, insurance run two batters later when Christian Walker got in on the round-tripper action.
In the eighth and ninth innings Kevin Ginkel got back a bit of his swagger and Archie Bradley notched another save.
Final Score: AZ 5 - STL 4
The player of the game was Ketel Marte. The Arizona second baseman was 2-for-4 with two runs scored while also pushing two runs across. After a very rough start to the season, Ketel Marte is slowly coming around and beginning to look like the player Arizona was hoping for when they gave him his extension.