Diamondbacks lose game and series to Atlanta Braves
Today, the Arizona Diamondbacks (57-59)took a game to 10 innings with the Atlanta Braves (53-64). The problem is, Cameron Maybin hit a walk off home run off of David Hernandez (0-3, 4.26 ERA) to win the game, 2-1. This loss gives Atlanta the series win as they took 2 of 3 from the Diamondbacks.
On Friday, the Braves won 3-2 behind solid pitching by Julio Teheran (8-6, 4.44 ERA) and the sleeping bats of the Diamondbacks. Saturday, the Diamondbacks woke up and took that game 8-4. Today, they were nearly no-hit by Shelby Miller, but Nick Ahmed decided to break it up in the eighth inning. Rubby De La Rosa (10-5, 4.40 ERA) pitched 7 strong innings, allowing 7 hits on 1 run, walking 4 and striking out 3. Andrew Chafin came on to pitch 1.2 innings of scoreless relief, before Hernandez was brought out to finish the ninth and then attempt to complete the tenth.
The Diamondbacks continue to show that they have trouble competing with many teams on certain nights. They have the potential to be a force if they can string together consistency. Their offense is often times dynamic, but is prone to going cold on any given night. The pitching is hit or miss, but more often that not it is the latter. The expectation for this team is that they should continue to play .500 or slightly better ball for the rest of the year, and look forward to a big push forward next year. The Diamondbacks are looking to lock up All-Stars A.J. Pollock and Paul Goldschmidt long-term, and expecting large steps forward from starters such as Patrick Corbin and Archie Bradley. Next season will be very exciting.
The Diamondbacks now take on the Pittsburgh Pirates (69-46) for a 3-game series. A win would be nice; a series win would be unprecedented. Hopefully, the Diamondbacks can defy the odds and claw their way back to .500 again.
Sports-Kings Reading Between the Seams Contributor Erik LeTendre @erikletendre