D-backs Can’t Handle Strasburg, Lose 9-1

By Nicholas Valenzuela

The Arizona Diamondbacks (57-56) weren’t able to put together any offense in a 9-1 loss to the Washington Nationals (70-43) on Friday evening.

Washington got on the board first in the top of the third inning with a sacrifice fly to right field by Bryce Haper, scoring second baseman Stephen Lombardozzi and putting the Nats on top 1-0.

Arizona third baseman Chris Johnson would tie the score up at 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning with an RBI single to left field, scoring Justin Upton.

From that point on it would be an offensive show for the visiting Nationals as they would put up eight more runs over the final five innings.

Ryan Zimmerman would add a two-run home run in the top of the fifth inning, while Michael Morse would pound a solo homer of his own an inning later in the sixth. Adam LaRoche would add two RBIs on a fielder’s choice in the top of the seventh and a double in the ninth. Harper would add another RBI on another sacrifice fly in the ninth and Jayson Werth would plate a pair of runs on an RBI double in the ninth to put the game out of reach at 9-1.

The story of the evening was Washington starter Stephen Strasburg who allowed only one run off one hit, while striking out six batters through six innings pitched. Strasburg more than likely could have gone deeper in the game, but with the game securely in hand, I’m certain the Nationals coaching staff wanted to rest his arm for the playoff stretch.

Arizona starter Trevor Cahill brought less than his best stuff, by allowing four earned runs off six hits through six innings pitched in earning his 10th loss of the season.

Wade Miley will take the mound tomorrow evening in game two of the series against former D-back and current Nationals pitcher Edwin Jackson.