Robbie Ray hadn’t pitched for the Diamondbacks since he was injured a month ago when he took a line drive off his head. In his return today he had a chance to lead the D-backs to the series win against the Mets. The D-backs have only won one series so far in August. Today’s win (box score) marks their second series win in the month but, more importantly, it gives them some much needed momentum heading back home to play the Giants.
Why the D-backs won
Robbie Ray pitched incredibly well considering it was his first game in a month. He was absolutely dominant. He handed the ball to the bullpen in the 6th inning after allowing just one run on a Yoenis Cespedes home run. The bullpen gave up only one run and three hits in the remaining four innings.
In the bottom of the 7th inning, with the bases loaded and one out, Archie Bradley allowed only one run on a groundout. He then struck out Wilmer Flores, stranding runners on second and third base.
Fernando Rodney came on in the bottom of the ninth inning looking for his 30th save of the season. He issued a leadoff walk to Asdrubal Cabrera, who ended up advancing to third base with two outs. Rodney intentionally walked red-hot Cespedes and then got Wilmer Flores to fly out, ending the game.
Stats that matter
- Robbie Ray was outstanding in his return – 5 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 9 K, HR allowed
- Ketel Marte had a great game and I love him at the top of the order – 1-for-2, 1 RBI, 2 BB, SB
- Rey Feuntes was solid in his return – 2-for-4, 1 R, SB
The D-backs really needed to take at least three-of-four in this series and they did just that. They’ll now head back to Chase to take on the Giants in another must-win series before they have to play nine tough inter-divisional games, six games against the Dodgers and three against the Rockies.
Zack Greinke takes the ball for the D-backs looking for his 15th win this season at 6:40 pm MT on Friday against the Giants.