At this point, what more can you write about? There is no rhyme or reason why the Arizona Diamondbacks can not win games at home. In addition, they keep finding new and creative ways to lose ballgames. The latest was a 5-1 loss after the Snakes and Washington Nationals were deadlocked at 1 entering the ninth inning. It’s a good thing I held off on writing about Brad Ziegler and his amazing season thus far. It was he who was shelled in the final frame, taking the loss.
Brandon McCarthy turned in arguably his best outing of the season, allowing a run on two hits with no walks and seven strikeouts. McCarthy and Washington’s Doug Fister exchanged zeros until Aaron Hill‘s solo home run with one out in the fourth to put the D’backs in front. Jayson Werth evened things up when he launched a solo shot of his own to lead off the seventh. Outside of the home runs, neither team posed much of a threat as both pitchers did not allow multiple runners on base at any point in the game. However, when McCarthy was relieved by Ziegler, the Nationals woke up. Ziggy loaded the bases to open the ninth by issuing a walk to Denard Span, a double by Anthony Rendon and an intentional pass to Werth. Ian Desmond singled home two runs and one out later, Tyler Moore brought home two more with a single of his own. Rafael Soriano came on to finish it off but unlike the Nats, the D’backs went quietly, 1-2-3 in their half of the ninth.
Arizona is now 16-27 but a pitiful 4-17 (including the Australian Series) at home. They are off on Thursday before hosting a weekend set with the Los Angeles Dodgers.