Game Recap: McCarthy Struggles, D-Backs Fall To Pirates

By Matthew Hochberg

The Arizona Diamondbacks magic has, at least temporarily, come to an end. After three straight walk-off hits against the Baltimore Orioles, the D-Backs dropped the opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on Friday night. In their past ten road games since the All-Star break, they have won just three of them.

Aug 16, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (44) reacts after striking out to end the eighth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. The Pittsburgh Pirates won 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon McCarthy (2-7) worked 5.2 innings, but allowed four runs on seven hits while giving up three walks. Pedro Alvarez broke the game open in the bottom of the third, ripping a single to center field which scored Neil Walker and Andrew McCutchen. The Snakes, however, tied the game in the top of the fourth. After Gerrit Cole (6-5) walked Paul Goldschmidt and Aaron Hill, he threw a wild pitch which allowed the two base runners to advance. Martin Prado lined a single to center field, scoring Goldy. After a Will Nieves strike out, A.J. Pollock also singled to center, bringing Hill home and knotting the game at 2.

Yet, the tie did not last long. In the bottom of the fifth, Sterling Castro singled, Walker doubled and McCutchen singled and just like that, Pittsburgh had a 4-2 lead and did not look back. They added two insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth off Jose Tabata‘s two-run shot.

With the loss, the Diamondbacks (62-58) fell to 8 1/2 games back of the Los Angeles Dodgers (71-50) for first place in the National League West and 6 games back of the Cincinnati Reds (69-53) for the second and final wild-card spot.

Trevor Cahill will take the mound for Arizona on Saturday afternoon. Check out the Venom Strikes Series Preview here.