The Arizona Diamondbacks aren't just losing these games -- four straight now to the Phillies and Braves -- they are getting smoked. Gone are timely hits and gritty comebacks. Gone are much of any hits really. Hopefully, and most likely, this is just a slump caused by pressure of having to play above their heads to have a chance against better teams.
Make his MLB debut, LHP Wade Miley wasn't all that impressive. He went just four innings, giving up five earned runs on seven hits. He did record five strikeouts and two walks. His stuff looked good against lefties but his low-90's fastball seemed too straight to be all that effective and his off-speed pitches weren't fooling anyone. Obviously, he was nervous and perhaps even tipping his pitches in the early innings before making an adjustment. We'll see how he does next time out.
The D-backs have one more chance at the Braves on Sunday morning. With Josh Collmenter on the mound they will try and avoid the sweep. 10:30 a.m. show time fo this one. Bring your coffee and rally caps.