In a debilitating 16-4 loss, the Arizona Diamondbacks saw all of the holes in their pitching staff, because the Cubs hit into every single one of them.
Patrick Corbin started the night with three rough innings and a return of the woes he faced earlier in the season.
Corbin suffered nine losses before the All-Star break, earning a 4.71 ERA with opposing batters averaging almost .300 against him. But, those days seemed to be behind him after three solid starts post-break.
In the second half, Corbin was 2-0 in three games, with a 2.45 ERA. In Tuesday’s matchup against the Cubs, Corbin gave up eight runs in 10 hits over just three innings.
If you think it couldn’t get worse, Corbin also gave up a two-run home run to Jon Lester, his career first.
T.J. MacFarland took over for Corbin in just the fourth inning. MacFarland started off well, retiring six of the first seven batters.
The Diamondbacks offense woke up and scored three runs giving viewers a brief glint of hope, but it was taken away rather quickly.
The Cubs scored another eight runs off of MacFarland and Rubby De La Rosa.
Surprisingly, Daniel Descalso had the best pitching performance of the night. Truly defining the term “utility player,” Descalso pitched the bottom of the eighth inning. It was his second career pitching appearance.
Descalso retired three straight Cubs.
None of the Diamondbacks’ pitchers threw more than three innings.
The less than stellar pitching performance overshadowed the debut of two Diamondbacks’ players: Adam Rosales and Jack Reinheimer.
Reinheimer came to the plate as a pinch-hitter, replacing Corbin. He struck out in his first career at-bat, giving Jon Lester his 2,000th career strikeout. Rosales had a slightly better night, going 2-for-5 with 2 RBI.
Luckily, this is just the first game of the series and the Diamondbacks can still get a much-needed series win if the rotation and bullpen can regroup.
Zack Godley will start tomorrow against Jake Arrieta.