The Arizona Diamondbacks' relief pitching blew once again in Tuesday night's 9-1 loss to the New York Mets.
If D-backs fans thought they would easily win in the series against the lowly Mets, they would be sadly mistaken after last night's game.
Arizona's pitching, as usual, fell apart in the seventh inning. On a rainy New York night, Patrick Corbin (9-1, 2.49 ERA), who pitched an almost perfect first six innings, was the first Diamondbacks' pitcher to collapse.
With the score tied at 1-1, Corbin quickly allowed a RBI double and then loaded the bases without recording an out. After the light drizzle became a downpour, the umpires finally stopped play, but unfortunately for the D-backs, play would resume an hour and 41 minutes later, and Corbin would end up taking his first loss of the year.
Brad Zeigler (4-1, 2.75) took the mound after the rain delay and would not fare much better than Corbin. Zeigler allowed a couple singles, which plated three runs and then a two-run double before Kirk Gibson took him out of his misery and put in Will Harris (1-0, 1.93). Harris made up lost time for not being apart of Monday night's debacle, and allowed the seventh and final run of the inning to score.
While Arizona's pitchers were floundering in the rain, the Mets' pitchers were dominant. Besides for Martin Prado's tomahawk chop that resulted in his seventh homerun of the year, the D-backs provided little offense for their hapless pitching staff.
Jeremy Hefner (3-6, 3.54) gave up just one run in seven innings of work, while striking out six batters. And unlike the Diamondbacks' bullpen, the Mets' bullpen knows how to close out a game, as they held the D-backs to just the one run.
After the loss, a Diamondbacks starting pitcher has not recorded a win since Wade Miley defeated the Cardinals on June 5, 24 games ago; this is the longest such streak for any MLB team since 2006. The loss also extended the D-backs losing streak to a season-high five games. Despite Arizona's woes, the D-backs have still managed to hold a 1 ½ game lead over the Colorado Rockies in the NL West.
The Diamondbacks will play the Mets again Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. Arizona will send Randall Delgado (0-2, 4.05) to the mound against rookie sensation Matt Harvey (7-1, 2.00).