The story of tonight’s ball game was how quickly the game would be played in a 3-0 Pirates loss. The final out was recorded in the bottom of the ninth inning, just two hours and 10 minutes after first pitch was thrown. With Ivan Nova on the mound for the Pirates, and Robbie Ray on the mound for the Diamondbacks, a pitcher’s duel was not surprising given their recent trends. The quick game would start with Ivan Nova throwing just 31 pitches through the first four innings, and the game would be deadlocked in a 0-0 tie until the top of the sixth inning.
The Diamondbacks would get their first run of the ball game, when Chris Owings hit a 2-1 fastball from Nova, through the gap in left center field for a two-out RBI double in the sixth inning. The Diamondbacks would add two more runs in the top of the 7th inning, and it all started with a lead off double from Paul Goldschmidt, that had to be reviewed to determine whether or not it had left the yard. An infield single by Brandon Drury, three batters later would drive in Goldschmidt for the second run of the game. After Ivan Nova walked Chris Hermann, Rey Fuentes would drive in Jake Lamb with a ground out to second base to finalize the scoring on the night, one out before Nova got out of the top of the seventh inning.
The Pirates had their best scoring opportunity of the night in the bottom of the fourth inning, when Josh Harrison led off the inning with a double. Josh Harrison’s swing popped the ball high in the air to center field, and Fuentes came racing in, only to have the ball land about 40 feet behind him in medium depth center field. Josh Bell would move Harrison to third with a grounder to first, following the defensive mistake by the Diamondbacks center fielder. The Pirates could not get on the board first, however, as David Freese and Francisco Cervelli both struck out on fastballs to end the inning.
Without drawing a walk or a hit batsmen, that would be the only scoring opportunity for the Pirates on the night. Robbie Ray spotted his four pitches well throughout his complete game shutout, working a mid-90s fastball up, down, in and out with precision. By hiding the ball and hitting spots, Ray had the Pirates hitters struggling to stay in at-bats all night long.
Andrew McCutchen continued to trend upward, as he registered two of the best at-bats from the Pirates on the night. Other than Harrison and McCutchen, the Pirates would only get singles from Adam Frazier as a pinch hitter, and a lead off single from Ivan Nova in the bottom of the sixth inning.
With the win, the Diamondbacks improved to 32-22 on the season, while the Pirates dropped to 24-29 on the season.