Robbie Ray made his return to the MLB mound today for the first time since he strained his oblique on April 29th in Washington. Outside of a shaky start in the 4th inning against the first two Marlins faced, Ray looked essentially the best he has all season. Early in the game his fastball was touching 93-94 mph. His command issues were there at times but not significant, the worst being when he walked Starlin Castro and Brian Anderson on 8 straight pitches to begin the 4th inning. However, he struck out the final two batters of that inning to prevent any damage. It was smooth sailing for him around that occurrence as he threw 83 total pitches, 56 for strikes, in 6 innings tallying 6 strikeouts on 2 hits and 2 walks. MLB.com box score shows a game score of 74.
Unfortunately, Miami Marlins left handed starter Wei-Yin Chen was effective in his own right holding the Diamondbacks to only a single run through 6 innings. In fact, each starter had faced the minimum through 3 innings, Robbie erasing the first baserunner he allowed in the 3rd with a double play. The lone run off of Chen came in the 5th inning on a string of hits aimed at center fielder Lewis Brinson. Ketel Marte led off the inning with one of the most beautiful hustle slides you’ll ever see legging a single into a double. Chris Owings advanced him to third on a single of his own to Brinson, and was able to move up to second on an errant throw back in. Deven Marrero kept the hits coming directed at Brinson with a single to score Marte. Owings also attempted to score, but was cut down rather easily on a strong throw from Brinson.
Arizona tacked on an insurance run in the 8th inning off of reliever Adam Gonley on a pinch hit solo shot from Daniel Descalso which proved to be the deciding factor. The Marlins countered in the 9th with a solo home run from Starlin Castro off closer Brad Boxberger, but that would be all the scoring Miami could manage in the game. Full recap to follow.