Ray allowed one earned run, three hits and two walks while striking out 11 batters over 6 2/3 innings in a win Tuesday against the Padres. "In my mind I was just hoping nothing really bad happened to him (Villar)".
Watching Ray pitch this season, "I've learned he can make adjustments; he's got tremendous aptitude, " Lovullo said. Said manager Craig Counsell: "He's young, he's durable". The Diamondbacks took him off the hook for a loss in the bottom of the fifth thanks to a two-out run-scoring single from Paul Goldschmidt, who drove in Peralta after he doubled off Davies.
- Silvino Bracho entered the game with an 11-0 lead and gave up a monster solo shot home run to Keon Broxton. He dealt with a minor ankle injury during the early stage of a year ago but ended up playing 156 games. But with two outs in the sixth, Chris Owings singled and Brandon Drury swatted a go-ahead homer, his sixth of the year. To replace Villar, the Brewers called up OF Lewis Brinson, considered the Brewers' top prospect, from Triple-A Colorado Springs.
While much has been made of Arizona's home dominance, the Brewers have been better on the road than in Milwaukee.
"Maybe he had a little more life left in him", Lovullo said, "but I thought he had done his job and it was time to turn it over to the bullpen".
Diamondbacks: RHP Taijuan Walker (finger blister) pitched a bullpen session Saturday, part with the finger bandaged and part without. Ray is 1-1 with a 3.55 ERA and 20 strikeouts in his career against the Brewers.
Murray ousts del Potro and his 'very manly grunt' at French
The Argentinian looked in trouble on Thursday before opponent Nicolas Almagro tearfully retired having aggravated a knee problem. Murray jogged to his seat at the changeover, del Potro stood at the net, bent at the waist, his head resting on the netcord.
"When you have tough conversations due to their success, you know you've got a good organization, and that's what we have here", Lovullo said.
Anderson is 2-0 with a 2.00 ERA in three career starts against the D-backs, including a 6-1 win May 27 at Miller Park. "Guys are confident, but we know there's a long way to go". "They're ready for their moment". CF A.J. Pollock (right groin strain) ran in the outfield before Saturday's game and is getting closer to returning to baseball activity. He played in two games, going 1 for 3, and committed an error.
Keuchel was scratched from his start on Wednesday at Kansas City and placed on the 10-day disabled list a day later, a move retroactive to June 5.
The team also reinstated catcher Welington Castillo from the 10-day disabled list. Cespedes will not start the second game Saturday but could be available to pinch-hit.
Diamondbacks: Greinke takes the mound in Detroit on Tuesday after an off day.
Keuchel has been one of the best pitchers in the majors this season, posting a 9-0 record and a 1.67 ERA, both MLB bests.