PHOENIX, Ariz – Robbie Ray making just his second start coming off the disabled list was in control the whole game. From the first pitch, he showed his fastball command and ability to be effective on the night. In the first inning, he used just 11 pitches to shut down the Los Angeles offense while striking out two batters.
Ray on his performance. “Felt good. I felt like everything was working really well for me. Fastball, offspeed. Just keeping them off balance. Getting ahead and staying ahead. Attacking the guys, attacking the zone and being on the same page with Chris (Herrmann) all night. Kind of had a set game plan going into tonight, honestly didn’t come off that game plan too much except for a couple times having game awareness. Thought they were gonna be a little more aggressive, so we used that against them.”
On the day, Ray pitched into the seventh inning, going 6.2 innings, scattering just four hits, issuing just two walks and striking out 10 Dodgers. This was the 11th time in his career and seventh time this season with at least 10 strikeouts in a game.
Tonight, was also a first for Ray with him have 12 (0-2 counts) in a single game.
Impressed by his outing was his manager Torey Lovullo. “What more can you say about Robbie Ray. Six and two-thirds. A hundred pitches. Ten strikeouts. One run, Curtis Granderson clipped him with that solo home run. It was just a really solid outing for him and he continues to be very impressive since his return.”
The Arizona offense provided Ray with early run support. In the first inning, Adam Rosales laced a solo home run, his second as a Diamondback and sixth overall. Later that inning, Paul Goldschmidt blasted a two-run home run, his 33rd of the season, increasing the lead to 3-0.
In the third inning, the Diamondbacks added on with Brandon Drury doubling home J.D. Martinez, extending the lead to 4-0.
The runs kept coming in the fourth inning. Arizona added on with two more runs, highlighted by a solo home run off the bat of Chris Herrmann, his ninth of the season. “Herm has been struggling a little bit offensively. I know he’s placed that a side. He makes that known to all of us. I don’t care about my offense. I want to go ahead and catch my guys and take care of my pitcher. He’s done that very well with Robbie all year long. I know they have a great rapport. Offensively, he hits a long home run to left center. He has a great at-bat for the base hit. It just a very piece together swing that one time, and I know he’s working hard for that moment.”
Los Angeles got on the board in the seventh inning. The lone mistake Ray made on the night, was when Granderson launched a solo home run, his 23rd of the season.
In the eighth, the Dodgers added three runs, cutting the deficit to 6-4, highlighted by a two-run single by Yasiel Puig.
That would be the final outcome of the game.
The loss is the fourth straight for Los Angeles, and this is the second straight series they have lost for the first time all season.
Next up is the series finale, with first pitch at 12:40 MST. Zack Greinke takes the ball as Arizona looks for the sweep.