In a 6-3 loss to the San Francisco Giants, it is clear the Arizona Diamondbacks have a runners in scoring position problem.
The Diamondbacks were 5-for-30 (.167) with runners in scoring position causing them to drop two games to the Giants. To make matters worse, the Diamondbacks were 15-for-84 (.179) with runners in scoring position over the course of this ten game road trip.
The shiny gold star in the lineup? Paul Goldschmidt. Goldschmidt went 15-for-36 (.417) during the road trip, including four home runs, 13 RBI and six runs scored.
The other obvious success came from both Zack’s. Zack Godley and Zack Greinke were responsible for 26 innings pitched and earned three of the teams five wins.
However, none of that helped Patrick Corbin today. In his second straight loss, Corbin pitched six innings, allowing three earned runs and three unearned runs on seven total hits. Corbin has now lost 11 games.
Jake Barrett has been a glimmer of hope in the overworked Diamondbacks bullpen. Barrett has pitched 3.2 innings over five games, only allowing three hits, but never giving up a run. He also picked up three strikeouts.
Barrett’s ERA is now 0.77 in 12 games.
The Diamondbacks will have a day off on Monday before heading into an important three game series against the Dodgers at Chase Field.
While the matchup will not result in the Diamondbacks taking first place from the Dodgers, a sweep could let the Milwaukee Brewers gain several games in the Wild Card standings.
The Dodgers have been an unstoppable force, winning 43 of their last 50 games before Sunday. Before their game on Sunday night, the Dodgers hold a 15-game lead over the Colorado Rockies and a 15.5-game lead over the Diamondbacks.
The Diamondbacks will lead off the divisional matchup by setting Zack Godley up against Kenta Maeda, followed by Zack Greinke against Alex Wood. Yu Darvish will also appear at Chase Field, but his opponent has yet to be announced.