D-backs Lose 5-1, Split Series

By Nicholas Valenzuela

The Arizona Diamondbacks (51-51) were unable to put together any offense on Sunday afternoon, losing to the visiting New York Mets (49-53) 5-1, splitting the four game series to end the 10-game home stand.

The Mets got off to a quick start in the top of the first inning when David Wright doubled to deep right-center field, scoring Daniel Murphy, and putting the visitors up 1-0. Wright would score later in the inning on an RBI double by Scott Hairston, extending New York’s lead to 2-0.

New York would add to their lead in the top of the fifth inning when Hairston singled to left field, scoring Wright, and putting the Mets up 3-0.

Murphy would double to deep left field in the top of the sixth inning to score Andres Torres, and further extend the Mets lead to 4-0.

Arizona would finally get on the scoreboard in the bottom half of the inning when Paul Goldschmidt singled to center field, scoring Aaron Hill and cutting the Mets lead to 4-1.

Unfortunately for the D-backs, the Mets would respond in the top of the eighth inning with an RBI double by Josh Thole and scoring Torres, putting a stop to any potential comeback Arizona was planning.

The Arizona offense was unable to generate any momentum in the series finally, mustering only 4 hits on the evening. New York All-Star pitcher R.A. Dickey picked up his 14th victory of the season as he allowed just four hits and no earned runs through seven strong innings pitched.

Arizona starter Joe Saunders had a solid start, allowing four runs off of eight hits through seven innings pitched. Unfortunately for him, he did not receive much support from his offense.

Trevor Cahill takes the mound tomorrow as the D-backs hit the road to start a three game series in Los Angeles against the division leading Dodgers.