CINCINNATI -- Sunday is a significant day for the Cincinnati Reds franchise with Ken Griffey Jr. being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.
"He was my idol growing up," said Reds right-fielder Jay Bruce. "A couple of years (after being drafted by Cincinnati), I was playing center field and he was in right. Now I'm standing where he stood (at his former locker). It's unbelievable."
Griffey played nine seasons in Cincinnati. Although injuries marred his time there, Griffey hit 210 homers in a Reds uniform including the 500th and 600th homers of his career. He hit 40 homers and drove in 118 runs in 2000, his first season back in his hometown.
"Even when I got here (2008), there were still some flashes of brilliance, even though he was 35 or 37 and not 100 percent," Bruce said. "I couldn't even say it was a dream come true (playing alongside Griffey), because I would never have dared dream it."
Bruce celebrated on Saturday night by clubbing a three-run homer, his 20th, to extend his hitting streak to five games in a 6-1 win over Arizona.
When Griffey takes the podium for his induction speech in Cooperstown on Sunday afternoon, his former club will be attempting to sweep a three-game series from the D-backs for the first time since 2007.
Left-hander Brandon Finnegan takes the mound for Cincinnati for his first career appearances against the D-backs. Eight times in his last 19 starts, Finnegan has allowed two earned runs or fewer and 14 times gave up three or less.
Luck hasn't always been on the lefty's side this season. Three times he's been the victim of a blown save. Finnegan tossed a complete game on May 23 in a 1-0 loss to the Dodgers. He was the Reds' starter when the Cubs' Jake Arrieta no-hit them on April 21 at Great American Ball Park.
Right-hander Zack Godley will start for the Diamondbacks. He'll be making his second career appearance and first start against Cincinnati. He earned the victory on Aug. 22, 2015, at Great American Ball Park allowing one earned run in 3 2/3 innings.
The struggling Diamondbacks welcomed back shortstop Chris Owings on Saturday. He'd been on the disabled list with plantar fasciitis.
Prior to Saturday's game, Arizona manager Chip Hale promised retribution after Jean Segura was hit by a pitch in his first at-bat after hitting a leadoff homer.
"We have to protect our teammates," said Hale. "We talk about it with our pitchers. I hope these pitchers understand that if they're going to continue to hit our players, especially when it looks like ... the pitcher hit him because he hit a home run. There's going to be some retribution at some point."
Other than an errant breaking ball from starter Robbie Ray, which sailed over Joey Votto's head, there was no revenge taken on Saturday.
Stay tuned Sunday.
Most importantly, the Diamondbacks need a win after dropping four straight and 17 of 21.