Premier setup man Archie Bradley gave up six runs on three hits and three walks in the seventh inning while failing to hold a three-run lead in an 11-10 loss to the Rockies at Chase Field on Friday.
Arizona made professional sports history in 2001 by becoming the first expansion team to win a championship as early as its fourth season, so it probably should come as no surprise that half of the members of the D-backs’ 20th anniversary team announced Friday is from that special year.
One award that is no longer in Paul Goldschmidt’s possession is the 2015 National League Silver Slugger Award. That one belongs to Dodgers hitting coach Turner Ward. It tells the story of a deep friendship that began well before Goldschmidt became a six-time All-Star and seemingly annual MVP candidate.
The D-backs were the Dodgers’ primary contender for the division the last time a menacing Manny went West, in 2008. That time it was Manny Ramirez. This time, Manny Machado.
The D-backs immediately face a challenge coming out of the All-Star break — the Rockies, who won their last five series of the first half. Arizona is 6-3 against Colorado in 2018 and will look to break out of a tight NL West race. Robbie Ray takes the mound for the D-backs, with right-hander German Marquez going for the Rockies. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 6:40 p.m. MST.
David Peralta smacked a three-run homer as part of a four-run seventh-inning rally that led the D-backs to a 5-3 win Tuesday night. The win was the ninth in a row for the D-backs at Coors Field. Nick Ahmed and A.J. Pollock added solo home runs in the victory, while Nolan Arenado tied for the National League lead with his 23rd homer of the year.
A home run by Wil Myers in the 16th inning off catcher-turned-pitcher Jeff Mathis propelled the Padres past the D-backs, 4-3, in a Sunday afternoon marathon at Chase Field.
Arizona starter Zack Godley (10-6) rebounded from a rough start his last time out to hold the Padres to just one run on four hits over six innings. Steven Souza Jr. added a pair of RBIs, as the trio of Yoshihisa Hirano, Archie Bradley and Brad Boxberger added scoreless innings out of relief.
The D-backs have been told that shortstop Matt McLain, their first pick in the 2018 Draft, will not sign with the team, a baseball source confirmed.