Ray and Goldy enter the record books, D-Backs beat Brewers 11-1
PHOENIX–Robbie Ray became the first D-Backs pitcher with three straight games with 10+ strikeouts since Randy Johnson had four game stretch back in 04′.
Ray went 6 2/3 shutout innings, giving up just three hits, walking two and striking out twelve.
“It felt great, Ray said. First inning though, my team made some huge plays. All around team effort. To get me out of that inning right there, that was huge,” Ray said.
Meanwhile, also entering the record books is Goldy. Paul Goldschmidt reached base safely in his 38th consecutive game Sunday, breaking the D-Backs record set by Stephen Drew. Goldy also moved to second on the Dbacks’ all-time homer list with 154 home runs, passing Steve Finley.
It was quiet for six innings, as Robbie Ray and Brewers starter Chase Anderson refused to give an inch. Both came in hot, with Robbie’s scoreless streak ending in his previous start and Anderson’s 22-inning scoreless streak broken by Jake Lamb in the first inning. Anderson pitched six innings, allowing one earned run, walking one and striking out eight.
What’s been the difference in Ray’s eyes that has led to this dominance? “Just the tempo, Ray said. My command is better, my consistency with my pitches is a lot better. That’s the biggest thing,” Ray said.
The Diamondbacks ran into some trouble in the top of the seventh, when a tired Ray walked two batters with two out. JJ Hoover came in to retire one batter, but didn’t, walking him instead. This brought out Jorge De La Rosa, who set down Eric Thames with the bases loaded to keep the D-Backs lead intact. “I thought Jorge’s out, big strikeout to Thames was a key moment in the game for me,” Lovullo said.
Chris Herrmann hit his sixth homer of the season off a 2-2 pitch in the bottom of the seventh inning to put the D-Backs ahead 4-0. The homer came immediately after a foul ball homer, that had the distance but went foul, it was very close and required an umpire’s review. Hermann also doubled home Jeremy Hazelbaker in the bottom of the eighth, who pinch-hit for Daniel Descalso to make it a 7-0 Diamondbacks lead. Hermann began the game hitting .151. “I felt like the baseball gods were kind of looking out for me,” Herrmann said. “I haven’t gotten a hit in I don’t know how long ago,” Herrmann said.
Arizona continued their five-run inning trend, as they’ve scored five runs in an inning multiple times this season. This was thanks to David Peralta’s fifth homer of the year off a 2-2 pitch in the bottom of the seventh.
Goldy continued to solidify his MVP campaign by hitting his fourth career grand slam, his first since August 2014 which extended the D-Backs lead to 11-0. The homer came on the first pitch of his at-bat. “He’s got a lot of movement on his fastball so I was trying to make sure the ball started up and out over the plate so I didn’t swing at a ball down and off the plate, and when I swung I was able to hit it,” Goldschmidt said.
Silvino Bracho came into the game in the top of the ninth and managed to ruin two things that were going well for the D-Backs. First, he ruined a possible golden sombrero from Brewers outfielder Keon Broxton, and he ruined any chance the D-Backs had at securing a shutout. For someone with his talent level, his stats indicate he should be playing rookie ball with Tim Tebow. He might be one of the worst pitchers in the Majors. His ERA is 9.00.
Back To Back: Brandon Drury homered in his second straight game, his seventh of the year, off a 0-1 pitch. “The key blow of the moment for me was Drury’s solo home run that gave us a two-run lead,” Lovullo said.
In The Drivers Seat: Jake Lamb drove in yet another run Sunday, bringing his league-leading total to 57.
“I know there’s a considerable difference in the OPS, the last time I looked there was a 200 point difference,” Lovullo said. That’s substantial, I’m aware of that. I want us to take the same mindset, the same approach, and the same enthusiasm, along with focus, and combine those things and take it on the road with us. I know at the end of the year like I’ve said we’re going to come out on the other side of things,” Lovullo said.
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