The Diamondbacks just did not have it today, nor had they performed the entire series. Another weak performance by the Arizona offense made way for the Pittsburgh Pirates to pick up only their second sweep at Chase field, winning the final game of the series 8-0.
The trend continued as they left another 8 men on base and also went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. Just twice did the Diamondbacks have some sort of chance to score in the 7th and 8th, but a double play by Aaron Hill and empty at bats by Paul Goldschmidt and Mark Trumbo ended those chances.
Pittsburgh leaves the series lowering their ERA by .5 with the shut out. They now hold the second strongest ERA for starters, well behind St. Louis who are well under 2.
Jeremy Hellickson did all he could to survive. The first inning was the difference maker for him allowing two runs on well over 30 pitches. He did settle down but was rocked again in the 5th for another two runs. He left allowing seven hits in the process through five.
If you want to talk about inconsistency from the bullpen, that could be a possible story. But the offense needs to continue to be addressed, as the team has now scored a run or less in five of seven games. There are a lot of holes in the lineup that can help score with men on base, but right now it is a concern if this kind of performance continues.
The Diamondbacks will get little recovery time as they start a three game series with Colorado at home starting Monday.