Zona Swept, Loses Sixth Straight

By Nicholas Valenzuela

The Arizona Diamondbacks (64-47) weren’t able to hold onto an early lead and lost to the visiting Cincinnati Reds (80-52) 6-2 as they completed a three-game sweep of the snakes. 

Arizona again got off to a quick start in the bottom of the first inning when Aaron Hill scored off of a balk by Cincinnati starter Matt Latos, putting the D-backs up 1-0. They would add another run to their lead in the bottom of the fourth inning when rookie shortstop Jacob Elmore doubled to deep left field to score Justin Upton.

Cincinnati would quickly respond in the top of the seventh inning when outfielder Chris Heisey blasted a two-run homer to deep center field to score Todd Frazier and tie the score up at 2-2. Catcher Dioner Navarro followed with a solo jack of his own to give the Reds a 3-2 lead.

In the top of the eighth inning cincinnati would add three more runs when second baseman Brandon Phillips added a two-run home run to center field, followed by Heisey’s second homer of the evening to deep left field to put Cincinnati on top 6-2 and put the game out of reach for Arizona.

Cincinnati starter Matt Latos overcame an early deficit to provide seven innings of strong pitching when he allowed only two runs off of five hits on the evening. Arizona starter Patrick Corbin was having a solid outing until that rocky seventh inning, as he finished the evening six hits and three earned runs over 6.2 innings pitched.

Arizona sends Ian Kennedy to the mound tomorrow to open up a four-game set against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Chavez Ravine.