D-backs Drop Fifth Straight

By Nicholas Valenzuela

The Arizona Diamondbacks (64-66) continued their offensive drought on Tuesday night as they weren’t able to muster much offense against the visiting Cincinnati Reds (79-52) in a 5-2 loss.

Arizona got off to a quick start in the bottom of the first inning when Gerardo Parra scored from third base on a sacrifice fly by Jason Kubel to put the D-backs on top 1-0.

Cincinnati responded in the top of the very next inning when Todd Frazier scored on a wild pitch by Arizona starter Wade Miley to tie the score up at 1-1. Scott Rolen and Chris Heisey would then score off an RBI single to center field by Ryan Hanigan to put Cincinnati up 3-1.

Gerardo Parra would cut the lead to 3-2 off an RBI double to deep left field in the bottom of the fifth inning to score John McDonald. Unfortunately Cincinnati would get that run back in the top of the eighth inning off an RBI triple by Todd Frazier to put the Reds on top 5-2.

That score would remain the same as Cincinnati starter and Cy Young candidate Johnny Cueto picked up his 17th victory of the season by allowing only four hits and two earned runs over seven strong innings pitched.

Arizona starter Wade Miley was equally as impressive as he allowed only six hits and three earned runs over seven innings pitched. He was the latest victim of the Arizona starting pitching staff to receive less than adequate run support.

Arizona will send rookie Patrick Corbin to the mound tomorrow in hopes of avoiding the team’s second sweep in a row.