Another disappointing offensive outing, another disappointing loss for the Arizona Diamondbacks. In the rubber game of the three-game series against the Boston Red Sox, the D-Backs got shutout and lost 4-0. Brandon McCarthy (2-5), who was making his first start since coming off the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, suffered the loss.
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While McCarthy allowed just one hit through the first four innings, it took 77 pitches to do it and the right-hander visibly looked tired heading into the fifth.
"“Towards the end, I just felt my lack of … game shape,” the 30-year-old said. “I just wasn’t able to execute as much as I’d like and the ball kind of started getting up a little bit. Against a team like that, you’re going to pay for it a little bit.”"
The Red Sox took a 2-0 lead in the fifth inning and knocked McCarthy out of the game. Boston added two insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth off Josh Collmenter. Felix Doubront (8-5) recorded the win for his team.
The Snakes recored eight hits in the game, all singles. They were 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position, and after a big 7-6 victory on Friday night, have looked lifeless on offense these past two games.
The loss, combined with a Dodgers win dropped the D-Backs to 5 1/2 games back of Los Angeles for first place in the National League West. After a day off on Monday, Arizona will host the Tampa Bay Rays for two games at Chase Field.