The Arizona Diamondbacks dropped their second straight game to the Washington Nationals by a score of 3-2. Despite the loss, the D’backs’ third in a row, there were many positives to come out of this game. Paul Goldschmidt padded his RBI lead in the National League with a first inning double. Aaron Hill reached base again, his second contest back from the disabled list. He scored on Goldy’s double. Martin Prado drove in Arizona’s second run with an RBI single and is now 3 for 8 in the series. By far, the D’back highlight of the evening belonged to Wade Miley. The lefty had one of his best outings in weeks as he went seven innings allowing three runs (two earned) allowing seven hits and striking out four. The best number was one as in the number of walks issued by Miley. It is only one start but it is the type of outing that can get a struggling pitcher back on the right track.
Of course, not scoring after the first inning and collecting only four hits through nine innings means a certain defeat most of the time. However, the D’backs did face on the NL’s best pitchers in Jordan Zimmerman who notched his Major League-leading (along with Max Scherzer) 11th victory. Zimmerman lowered his ERA to 2.28 surrendering two runs on only three hits while walking two and striking out four. There is no shame in losing to an excellent pitcher. There weren’t many opportunities to score with the exception of the fourth inning when Miguel Montero led off with a walk only to be erased on a double. The Snakes also had a little something going in the ninth when Miggy singled with one out and Jason Kubel was intentionally walked. Rafael Soriano then got A.J. Pollock to pop out to second base to end the game.
The finale comes your way at 4:05 PM EST, 1:05 MST on Thursday with a marquee pitching matchup featuring Patrick Corbin for the D’backs against Stephen Strasburg for the Nats. Arizona will try to avoid the sweep before heading to Atlanta to face the NL East-leading Braves.