So, yes, the pitching staff has allowed 19 runs (16 earned) in the last 18 innings of baseball. Cahill’s line tonight was as follows: 5.2IP, 7R(4ER), 2BB, 2K, 1HR. However, as fellow Dback fan on twitter @Derek_L_FOSTER said tonight, “It doesn’t matter if the Dbacks can pitch or not. You can’t win a 0-0 game.”
Which brings us to the offense. The offense is very unassuming these days without Justin Upton and Chris Young. It seems a bit directionless and is overall just a lot less dynamic. Tonight, the line for the team read: 6-for-31; 1 run scored (RBI groundout by Paul Goldschmidt; 2BB, 6K. It was through a combination of a leadoff single, a walk and some aggressive baserunning by Aaron Hill that they managed to manufacture a run in the bottom of the 9th.
With the last 4 games ending in losses, it can now be officially considered that the Diamondbacks are in a slump.
So, in an effort to soothe the wounds of being outscored 19-3 in the last 2 games, we’re going to focus on the positives:
- Paul Goldschmidt had the best offensive performance of the night, going 2-for-3 with a walk.
- Though he finished 1-for-3 with a walk, Jason Kubel also provided some offensive value, grinding out his at-bats and seeing a total of 31 pitches. This was 21.8% of all of the pitches seen by Diamondbacks hitters during this game.
- Craig Breslow continues to be solid out of the pen. He did allow his inherited runner to score, bringing the score to 7-0, and was hardly consequential. He then pitched a scoreless 2.1 innings.
- Brad Ziegler came out in a tough spot in relief of Joe Paterson who loaded the bases (4 singles) and walked in a run without collecting an out. Ziegler struck out his first batter and ended the inning by inducing a double play.
If you want further details, here is the box score: [clickety!], otherwise, let’s just try to forget this one and move on tomorrow. Tomorrow is another day and another chance to right the ship.
Score: 9-1, Diamondbacks lose; Record 7-7.
Conclusion: It’s a rough patch for the Diamondbacks. Let’s hope they’re just getting it all out of their system now.