The Arizona Diamondbacks made some progress over the the weekend, winning a series on the road against an NL West opponent, coming just one run shy of a sweep.
But if going west played any part in the team’s progression, going north to Milwaukee did them no such favors, causing only regression on Monday.
The major league-best Brewers looked the part when they took the field against the Diamondbacks, who hold the worst record in the National League.
All-Star Carlos Gomez hit a lead off home run to get the party started at Miller Park. And he, and his team, were far from done after a hot start.
Gomez ultimately reached base all five times he came to the plate Monday, going 2-for-2 with three walks, three RBI and two runs scored.
And, to be fair, the hitting — and the highlight nights — weren’t just one-sided.
Though losing 8-3, the Diamondbacks outhit the Brewers, thanks to Aaron Hill’s 4-for-4 night, but it was the pitching — and the lack of damage control therein — that was ultimately to blame.
Mike Bolsinger, who spent part of his childhood just 40 miles down the road from Miller Park, gave up four of the Brewers’ eight runs. The other half were owed to Randall Delgado, who was beat up in the sixth inning.
Here’s a look back at the loss by the numbers:
Hill’s 4-for-4 night at the plate helped raise his batting average by 22 points, from .252 to .274. The Diamondbacks second baseman is hitting .409 with 12 RBI and six extra-base hits over his last 12 games.
Miguel Montero has reached base safely in all but one of his last 15 games, going 1-for-4 with a walk on Monday. The Diamondbacks catcher now has a team-best .381 on-base percentage among players with at least 25 plate appearances.
Randall Delgado’s season earned run average ballooned to 6.75 after the right-hander allowed four earned runs in the sixth inning. The Diamondbacks’ 3.85 bullpen ERA is good for 12th in the National League.
Diamondbacks pitchers issued seven walks on Monday. Only three times this season have they issued more walks in a game, with each of those instances lasting at least 9.0 innings pitched. On Monday, they pitched just 8.0 innings on the road.
Gomez hit his eighth home run of the season Monday, improving his on-base-plus-slugging percentage to .927. The Brewers center fielder now has more homers than any Diamondbacks player, ranking third in the National League behind Giancarlo Stanton, Adrian Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki.
The Diamondbacks’ 24 losses are the most in baseball. They are currently on pace to finish the season 51-111.