Diamondbacks fall 7-2 to Cubs in third straight series loss

PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 21: Jake Lamb
PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 21: Jake Lamb /

The Arizona Diamondbacks lost their third straight series with a 7-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.

Despite a decent outing by Zack Godley, the Diamondbacks offense was unable to provide the team with a win, or a series win. The Cubs defeated the Diamondbacks 7-2 on Sunday.

Zack Godley didn’t have the control he has had in previous starts. Godley gave up two runs in the first two innings, but the bigger issue was only throwing 59 strikes in 106 pitches.

A slight lack of command, but Godley and the Diamondbacks defense were able to limit the damage. That was until Jake Barrett gave up a three-run shot to Javy Baez in the eighth inning.

In yet another questionable decision, Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo signaled for Barrett to intentionally walk Jason Heyward with a runner on second.

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Most likely hoping for a double play ball to end the inning, instead the Diamondbacks gave up a three-run homer, followed by a solo-shot off the bat of Ian Happ.

The four runs essentially knocked the Diamondbacks out of the game. From a tie-game to a four-run deficit in late innings is a devastating way to lose a series.

The confusion over walking Heyward, who was otherwise 0-for-7, remains to be seen. Baez was 5-for-12 with three runs scored and four RBI throughout the series.

The other Cubbie the Diamondbacks just couldn’t get out was Kris Bryant.

Bryant finished the series batting 9-for-11 against Diamondbacks pitchers, including three runs scored, four RBI and 3 walks.

The highlight came from Andrew Chafin striking out Bryant in the seventh inning. Chafin was the only Diamondback to do so in the three game series.

For the Diamondbacks offense, only Jake Lamb’s bat seemed to be awake. The third baseman tallied three hits, including a double and two singles. Unfortunately, he was stranded twice.

Paul Goldschmidt homered in the ninth to give the Diamondbacks their second run of the evening, but it was the only other hit provided by the offense other than Lamb’s three.

Goldschmidt was 3-for-9 in the series, with three runs scored, two RBI, three walks and two home runs.

The Diamondbacks are holding a 4.5-game lead in the Wild Card, but are currently tied with the Colorado Rockies.

They will face the first-place Houston Astros in a split four-game series.