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Dbacks @ Angels: Arizona falls short of .500 again

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No matter how close they get, the Arizona Diamondbacks can’t get to the top of the mountain that is a .500 record.

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Albert Pujols may have just missed his shot last night to tie the game, but tonight he didn’t miss. Trailing 1-0 in the sixth inning, Pujols blasted a two-run shot to give the Angels the lead, and that would be all that would be required on the night in Los Angeles.

Up until that point in the sixth inning, Jeremy Hellickson was having a great start for the Diamondbacks, who have a great stretch run from their pitchers lately. Even with the Pujols home run, it was a quality start on the night for the Diamondbacks, as he went 6 innings, while giving up 4 hits and 2 runs.

However, much like last night, the relief behind the exceptional performances from starters was not good at all. With the Diamondbacks needing to keep the score to within a run, Randall Delgado served up a home run to David Freese, who put the game away for good.

Offensively, the team only had five hits, and didn’t take advantage of the opportunities they had early on, including bases loaded in the first. Danny Dorn led the team with two hits and A.J. Pollock had a sacrifice fly, but that was the extent of the Diamondbacks offense on the night.

The Good: The starters are on fire right now and keeping this team in games. If they continue to get production from their rotation, then they are going to be just fine going forward.

The Bad: The Diamondbacks didn’t strike early when they had a chance to jump all over the Angels, and at the end, they couldn’t score a run if their life depended on it.

The Ugly: Yasmany Tomás went 0-4 on the night. Even worse, he struck out twice, one swinging on an ugly pitch in the dirt carelessly, and the other time getting caught looking. When he strikes out, he strikes out bad.

Just when it looked like the Diamondbacks were going to remove the burden, they fell just short again. They got two more with the Angels in Phoenix, and have a struggling Padres and Colorado team coming up. They can get there.

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