When the D-backs boarded a plane Sunday evening to begin their six-game road trip through the AL West, I’m certain they knew where they were headed to play. I’m not so convinced they realized WHO they were about to play.
When the Arizona Diamondbacks (30-31) opened up a three-game series Tuesday night against the Texas Rangers (36-26), they certainly didn’t get a warm southern welcome by the two-time defending AL Champs. Texas, returning home from a 10-game road trip, felt right at home, pounding Arizona’s pitching staff for 16 hits and nine runs in a 9-1 victory Tuesday night in Arlington.
Colby Lewis pitched a gem for the Rangers, retiring the first 16 Arizona hitters he faced, allowing only four hits and one run in the complete game effort.
Arizona on the other hand, looked somewhat dormant coming off a very satisfying 7-2 homestand. The only source of offense for the snakes all night was a solo home run by Miguel Montero in the top of the eighth inning. By that time, the game already seemed out of reach.
It was a disappointing start to a very important road trip for the boys. Wade Miley will take the hill tomorrow to try and regain some of the momentum we need to complete a successful visit to the top two teams in the AL West.