The Recap (8/15/17) – D-backs 4, Astros 9: Banda Gets Knocked Around Early in Rough Outing

Heading into today’s game against the Astros, Banda had been good in all but a single inning in each of his three major-league starts. Today was a different story. He gave up eight runs in four innings, throwing 91 pitches to do so. It wasn’t a good day.

On offense, the Diamondbacks didn’t get their first hit until the 4th. Four straight hits starting with a single by Ketel Marte, ended up scoring two runs. Chris Iannetta singled to load the bases and a walk to Brandon Drury drove in the D-backs third run. Back-to-back strikeouts by Chris Herrmann and Gregor Blanco — who was on to pinch-hit for Banda — ended the threat and the Diamondbacks left the bases loaded.

In the end, the 8-3 deficit was too much for the D-backs to overcome.

Stats that matter

  • Banda had his worst outing to date – 4 IP, 8 R, 9 H, 3 BB, 3 K
  • D-backs were 3-for-10 with RISP

Bottom line

After a really nice win on Monday, shutting down the top offense in the league, the D-backs really let this one get away from them. Banda has shown a tendency to fall apart after a team puts a couple good knocks together on him, letting innings get away from him. Robbie Ray should be back off the DL soon. We’ll have to see if Torey Lovullo decides to send Banda back to Reno or not.

On deck

The Snakes head to Houston to play two more in this four-game home and away series against the Astros. Taijuan Walker will go up against Charlie Morton on Wednesday at 5:10 pm MT.

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Jon is the editor and lead writer at Dbacks Insider. He is a life-long, passionate baseball fan who grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, playing stickball and watching baseball at the College World Series. He aims to bring you the most up-to-date and relevant Dbacks news and commentary every day.

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