The Recap (8/16/17) – D-backs 5, Astros 9: Houston, We Have a Problem

Sorry, but I couldn’t resist. Sometimes you just have to have fun with a postgame recap that otherwise would be a little dreary. My mother always told me that if you have nothing nice to say, then just don’t say anything at all.

Well, here goes.

The D-backs couldn’t stop the Astros tonight, plain and simple. The first four batters in the Astros lineup went 9-for-19. That’s a .473 batting average and that, my friends, is not ideal.

The D-backs tried to stage a comeback late by pulling within one run in the top of the 8th inning. Paul Goldschmidt went deep for a 2-run home run. J.D. Martinez followed with a solo shot. That made the score 5-4 in favor of the Astros.

The D-backs then went through three different pitchers in the bottom of the 8th — T.J. McFarland, David Hernandez and Andrew Chafin — who combined to give up four hits and four runs. It was tough to watch.

Stats that matter

  • Walker had his second straight bad outing – 5 IP, 5 R, 9 H, 2 BB, 3 K, HR
  • The bullpen was bad too – 3 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 2 K, HR
  • 1-for-5 with RISP

Bottom line

The Diamondbacks are struggling – big-time. There’s no glaring reason why either, they just fail in whatever facet needed to find a way to lose. It’s hard to watch and if they don’t turn it around, a season that was once filled with hope and optimism is going to slip into the abyss. Torey Lovullo needs to pull this team together.

On deck

The D-backs close out the series on Thursday against the Astros at 11:10 am MT. They can earn a series split with Patrick Corbin taking the mound tomorrow.

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Jon Strong

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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