The Diamondbacks came into tonight winners of two straight games looking to make it three in a matchup that, on paper, seemed to be in their favor. With Robbie Ray returning on Thursday a win would’ve made a nice prelude but it didn’t play out that way. The D-backs lost a game they really could have won (box score).
Why the D-backs lost
The Diamondbacks have struggled in the second half hitting with runners in scoring position. It happened again tonight. They ended up 2-for-11 with RISP. They’re getting chances but they just aren’t converting when they do.
With one out in the top of the 5th inning, the D-backs had the bases loaded. J.D. Martinez was up to bat and looking to do damage. Instead, he lined out to center field and A.J. Pollock tagged up trying to score on the play from third base. He was out by a pretty wide margin and the inning ended on the play.
Stats that matter
- Godley was good but not great tonight – 5 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 4 BB, 5 K, 100 pitches
- Jake Barrett has not been good lately and gave up another HR tonight – 0.2 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 BB, HR allowed
- David Peralta is turning into one heck of a leadoff hitter – 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB
It’s good to see the D-backs regularly putting runners in scoring position but at some point they have to start coming through in those situations. The second half of the season has seen the D-backs leave runners on base too many times. This batting order will eventually start to perform again in those situations, but hopefully it happens soon.
Robbie Ray makes his return on Thursday in an early game that starts at 9:10 am MT. Yes, I’ll gladly have some baseball with my bacon and eggs, thank you!