Another disappointing offensive outing, another disappointing loss for the Arizona Diamondbacks. In the rubber game of the three-game series against the Boston Red Sox, the D-Backs got shutout and lost 4-0. Brandon McCarthy (2-5), who was making his first start since coming off the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, suffered the loss.
While McCarthy allowed just one hit through the first four innings, it took 77 pitches to do it and the right-hander visibly looked tired heading into the fifth.
“Towards the end, I just felt my lack of … game shape,” the 30-year-old said. “I just wasn’t able to execute as much as I’d like and the ball kind of started getting up a little bit. Against a team like that, you’re going to pay for it a little bit.”
The Red Sox took a 2-0 lead in the fifth inning and knocked McCarthy out of the game. Boston added two insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth off Josh Collmenter. Felix Doubront (8-5) recorded the win for his team.
The Snakes recored eight hits in the game, all singles. They were 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position, and after a big 7-6 victory on Friday night, have looked lifeless on offense these past two games.
The loss, combined with a Dodgers win dropped the D-Backs to 5 1/2 games back of Los Angeles for first place in the National League West. After a day off on Monday, Arizona will host the Tampa Bay Rays for two games at Chase Field.