Robbie Ray just couldn’t get through it.
Saturday night, the Arizona Diamondbacks got what they neededa��an early start. Paul Goldschmidt got to Rich Hill immediately, sending a no-doubt two-run shot into the night. It was 2-0 and Robbie Ray was on the mound. Things were looking promising.
And then it started to slowly crumble. Ultimately, Robbie Ray’s wildness got the better of him.
Ray would begin the bottom half of the second by walking Enrique Hernandez, who would eventually come around to score on a Yasiel Puig groundout. Austin Barnes would move up a base on a wild pitch, but no further damage would come. 2-1.
Remember that wild pitch.
Three singles loaded the bases in the bottom of the fourth, but between a groundout to start the inning and a strikeout to get the second out, Ray was almost out of the woods. He just had a tough out in Chris Taylor to get through. No easy task to be sure. Then came another wild pitcha��Logan Forsythe scores and suddenly it’s 2-2. An infield single added another before Ray ended the inning with his sixtha��and finala��strikeout.
But the damage was done. 3-2a��and the Dodgers wouldn’t look back. Kind of. In fact, it would only become a contest again because manager Dave Roberts started to do too much.
After Ray began the bottom of the fifth by hitting Justin Turner, Curtis Granderson reached on a single one out later and that was it. Robbie Ray was donea��4.1IP, 4H, 4R (all earned), 4BB and 6K was his line. Jimme Sherfy and Jorge de la Rosa only made it worse, and before the D-Backs even came to bat again it was 7-2.
For some reason, Roberts only used Kenta Maedaa��who struck out two and recorded a harmless groundera��for an inning. After being lifted, Arizona started to crawl back. A three-run bomb off the bat of Brandon Drury made it 7-5, silencing the LA crowd just a little
But as was the case all night, the D-Backs just couldn’t keep the Dodgers off the board. Los Angeles added another in the bottom half of the seventh, and that was all she wrote.
LA now goes back to Arizona with a 2-0 series advantage. They haven’t stretched their bullpen all that much. They haven’t had to dip into other starters along the way either. Maeda had made a handful of appearances out of the bullpen this season; this wasn’t new for him. There is some room for error now if they need it.
Still, the Dodgers are far from faultless. These two games have been battles. And, closer than the series ultimately indicates. So if they do wrap this up on Monday, whoever awaits thema��the Nationals or Cubsa��one thing is certain: they need to tighten things up.
But for the time being, the Dodgers are in complete control.