The Arizona Diamondbacks struggles at home / against lefties / on Mondays / wearing white continued in the series opener against the Colorado Rockies. You would have thought they were facing Justin Verlander instead of Rockies lefty Christian Friedrich who was making just his sixth start in The Show and was (was) sporting an ERA of 5.59.
That ERA fell to 4.50 after Friedrich threw seven innings of four-hit, shutout baseball against the D-backs who are now 10-16 at home and are hitting just .237 against left-handed starters. If only the D-backs had a big right-handed bat in their lineup.
Justin Upton went 0-4 on the game and is hitting .243 on the season. Will he eventually show up and start playing like Justin Upton? We keep thinking, 'yes', but the performance at the plate keeps screaming, 'no'.
At least Paul Goldschmidt extended his hitting streak to a career-high 13 games. On they other hand, they got shutout for the first time this season and lost the game.
Joe Saunders wasn't pretty, but it's pretty hard to put the blame on his four earned runs allowed when his offense gave him nothing to work with.
Watching a bad team is frustrating. Watching a good team play bad is maddening.
Ian Kennedy will face Jeremy Guthrie on Tuesday. Guthrie is a righty so perhaps the Snakes will have a chance to score a run or three. We'll see.
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