Archie Bradley continues to struggle.
After struggling in his first two outings since returning from the disabled list, Bradley labored in the first two innings after his team provided him some early run support.
Bradley gave up four runs to the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning and the Diamondbacks quickly fell in a hole. He gave up another run in the second and fourth inning, and finally he was yanked in the fifth inning after he put runners on and continued to struggle.
It is evident that he isn’t right since getting drilled in the face, and suddenly he might be the pitcher that loses a spot in the rotation once Patrick Corbin returns.
Offensively the Diamondbacks scored some runs, but they struggled to bring runners home and left several on base. Their best chance came with bases loaded in the 7th inning, but Yasmany Tomás, who had already driven in a couple of runs early on, struck out on three pitches and the Diamondbacks never recovered.
Suddenly Arizona has lost the series and a team looking to get back to .500 is in very real danger of falling back even more games from achieving their goal. The St. Louis Cardinals are one of the best teams in baseball and it has shown in this series thus far.
The Good: Yasmany Tomás continues to drive runs in. While he left the bases loaded in the 7th, he has been a monster at the plate lately, and his average has raised to .349. He is emerging as a very potent bat in the lineup for Arizona.
The Bad: The Diamondbacks in two games against St. Louis have had situations with the bases loaded and a chance to take a lead and possibly the win. They have blown both opportunities and against a team like the Cardinals, you can’t miss your chances.
The Ugly: Archie Bradley continues to struggle and if he can’t get it going within the next week or so, it might be a while before fans see him start in Sedona Red again. Patrick Corbin is coming back and someone will have to leave the rotation.
Tomorrow it is up to the team’s current ace, Josh Collmenter to stop the bleeding. Collmenter has been hit and miss this season. The Diamondbacks are hoping to avoid a sweep, and a win would be nice heading into Milwaukee.
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