What easily could have been a series sweep turned into a series tie after two disappointing games against the St. Louis Cardinals the past two nights as the Arizona Diamondbacks come home for the All-Star break after a 5-5 road trip.
After the bullpen blew a 6-3 lead on Saturday night, which included a 2-run homer by Albert Pujols, his first since returning from the disabled list, the Dbacks came back out today with the intent of taking 3 out of 4. However whenever you put Zach Duke out on the mound, those chances severely diminish, especially against such a great hitting team like the Cards.
Duke gave up 2 runs in the first and immediately the Dbacks found themselves having to come from behind, again. Sound familiar? Well, the never say die Dbacks did come back to tie the game after a 2-run homer by Ryan Roberts, his 11th of the season.
Unfortunately Duke got touched up again with a 2-run shot by David Freese in the third. The Cards made it stand up for the rest of the game. So the Dbacks come home 5-5 on the trip. They won a couple they should have lost and lost a couple they should of won, so really in the end it all works out the way it should have, but the ones they gave away really sting as they continue to chase the San Francisco Giants, who by the way, won on Sunday night, putting them 3 ahead of the Dbacks headed into the break. This will be a much needed four off days for the Dbacks before going back to action on Friday at Chase Field against the Los Angeles Dodgers.