Scherzer, meanwhile, was carving up the San Diego bats. The right-hander struck out 10 and had scattered four hits through the first seven innings. With his pitch count inching ever higher, D-backs manager A.J. Hinch decided to send him out for the eighth.■ Over his last two starts, Max Scherzer (04-06) has posted a 20:2 K:BB ratio over 13.0 innings, revealing his high ceiling. He’s still too inefficient to pitch deep into games and remains an injury risk, but not many pitchers can flash that strikeout rate while inducing so many groundballs (1.31 G/F), which is the type of combo that leads to staff aces. More wins are sure to follow. (Rotosynthesis.com)
■ Ian Kinsler (03) Chat (mlb.com):
• Top 5 players of all time? Rickey Henderson, Ty Cobb, Craig Biggio, Carl Yaz. [Yastrzemski] and Hank Aaron■ Andy Shipman (03) was given his release by the Kansas City T-Bones.
• When you're up to bat, you kinda turn towards third base and back to the mound before the pitch, like a flinch ... what's the deal with that? It's to make sure both of my eyes are on the pitcher. I had a problem with hiding my right eye when I was younger.
• What runs through your mind in the batter's box? McDonald's Big Macs.
■ "Evan Frey (05-07) continues to look overmatched at the plate. his .217 ba and 32 k are not a leadoff hitters stats." (AZSnakepit.com)