The good vibes from a 6-3 road trip disappeared quickly for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Addison Reed failed to protect a one run lead in the ninth inning as the D’backs were beaten by the Washington Nationals by the score of 6-5. The loss dropped the Snakes to a putrid 3-16 mark at home (3-14 at Chase Field) and 15-26 overall. In 10 innings pitched at Chase this season, Reed has given up seven earned runs and 14 hits, four of them being home runs.
The Nats went yard four times during the game, the first hit by Tyler Moore to extend Washington’s lead to 2-0 in the second inning. The D’backs tied the score the following frame on back-to-back doubles by Martin Prado and Paul Goldschmidt followed by an RBI single by Miguel Montero. Washington went ahead again in the 4th as Ian Desmond went deep off of Josh Collmenter, who lasted only five innings. Arizona then took the lead in the sixth as A.J. Pollock belted his fourth home run of the season, a two-run shot to put his team up 4-3. After scoreless single inning outings by Randall Delgado, Evan Marshall and Brad Ziegler, it was up to Reed to get the homestand off on a good note. Unfortunately, Danny Espinosa led off the 9th by going deep and then two outs later, Kevin Frandsen, in a pinch-hitting role, won the game with his first blast of 2014. The home team got hits from Ender Inciarte and Gerardo Parra in the bottom of the 9th but could not score.
The announced crowd at Chase Field was 16,555. Expect that number to decline even further if this shoddy play continues. On Tuesday, Bronson Arroyo gets the ball and will be opposed by Stephen Strasburg. First pitch is set for 6:40 PM MST.