PHOENIX -- It's not often that classic pitching matchups equal the hype. But this one between Brewers right-hander Chase Anderson and D-backs left-hander Robbie Ray did just that in what turned out to be an 11-1 Arizona victory Sunday in the series finale at Chase Field.It was a 1-0 game
PHOENIX -- It's not often that classic pitching matchups equal the hype. But this one between Brewers right-hander Chase Anderson and D-backs left-hander Robbie Ray did just that in what turned out to be an 11-1 Arizona victory Sunday in the series finale at Chase Field.
It was a 1-0 game as the two went head to head into the seventh, with Ray whiffing 12 batters in 6 2/3 innings, marking his third consecutive game with 10 or more strikeouts. The D-backs then pulled away, giving Ray the win and improving his record to 7-3. Anderson, the former D-back, had eight K's of his own in six innings but got tagged with the loss to fall to 5-2.
The matchup was a good one while it lasted.
"The thing was as advertised," said Brewers manager Craig Counsell. "The two guys threw the ball very well. Chase was really good. They had a few good at-bats off him in the first inning. He pitched out of a few tough situations. Made a good pitch and struck out [Jake] Lamb, who's a really good hitter, in the sixth. I was really proud of him. It was another excellent start for Chase."
Ray has now allowed just one run total in his past five starts, starts, spanning 38 innings after his scoreless three-hit performance. He was pulled after walking two Brewers with two outs in the seventh. Anderson, who allowed one run on four hits, had a 22-inning scoreless streak snapped in the first inning on an RBI groundout off the bat of Jake Lamb.
"It was a pitcher's duel," Anderson said. "It's always fun to throw one like that against your former team."
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The D-backs got homers from Brandon Drury, Chris Herrmann and David Peralta off two Milwaukee relievers to break open the game in a five-run seventh. Paul Goldschmidt hit his fourth career grand slam to round out the D-backs scoring in the eighth.
"They came in a little thin in their bullpen and used some of their key guys in that first game," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. "We felt like at some point we were going to expose their bullpen. Seemed like we did.
"The key blow was Drury's home run that gave us a two-run lead."
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Big spot for Brinson: Top Brewers prospect Lewis Brinson, called up Saturday, was in the leadoff spot and playing left field Sunday in his MLB debut. In the seventh, he found himself in a clutch spot with runners on first and second and two outs against reliever J.J. Hoover. Brinson walked when he barely checked his swing on a full count to load the bases, Jorge de la Rosa then replaced Hoover and struck out Eric Thames to end the threat.
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Just a tick off the glove: Anderson appeared a bit perturbed with himself in the first inning, when with runners on second and third and one out, Lamb hit a smash just to the left of the mound. Anderson got his glove on it, saving a base hit, but Peralta scored on what turned out to be a deflection to shortstop and an infield out.
"I was just trying to keep the game close right there," Anderson said. "I thought if I just caught that ball Lamb hit back to me -- it hit my glove -- they don't score right there. That was the difference for a long time. Until the seventh inning."
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With Goldschmidt's first-inning double Sunday, he now has reached base in 38 consecutive games at Chase Field, breaking the club record set by Stephen Drew from April 24 to Aug. 11, 2009.
Herrmann hit a long foul fly that bounced off the top of the left-field fence then over it in the bottom of the seventh. After a short umpire's review, the foul call was confirmed.
Herrmann then hit a 2-2 Carlos Torres pitch out to right for a two-run homer.
Brewers: Milwaukee has an off-day Monday prior to Tuesday's day-night doubleheader in St.Louis vs. the Cardinals. First pitch for Game 1 is 1:15 p.m. CT. Counsell has yet to name his starting pitchers for the twin bill.
D-backs: After an off-day Monday, the D-backs travel to Detroit to begin a two-game Interleague series against the Tigers. First pitch Tuesday night is at 4:10 p.m. MST. Zack Greinke will take the mound and look to build on the team's 6-1 Interleague record so far this season.
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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter.
Chris Gabel is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the D-backs on Sunday.