Arizona Diamondbacks: Off Day News & Notes, 7/29

By Matthew Hochberg

Jul 28, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero (26) reacts to a strike call in the second inning of the game against the San Diego Padres at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

After dropping two out of three to the San Diego Padres, the Arizona Diamondbacks are now 54-51, and trail the first place Los Angeles Dodgers (56-48) by 2.5 games in the National League West. Just two weeks ago, the D-Backs led the Dodgers by 2.5 games, but since the All-Star break, Arizona has gone just 4-6 while the Dodgers are playing some of their best baseball of the season, having gone 9-1.

Monday, however, the Diamondbacks are receiving a much-needed day off, during which they can hopefully find some offense. In Sunday’s 1-0 loss to the Padres, Arizona managed just three hits. Over the last five games, All-Star Paul Goldschmidt is 2-for-20 with nine strikeouts.

The Snakes have a tough road trip coming up. They will play two against the Rays in Tampa Bay and three against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. In between those two series, they will play a makeup game against the Texas Rangers.


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