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A closer look: D-backs lose series finale to Mets

Sure, you could read the box score and know who won, but
know that won’t tell you everything that happened in a
game. So, we will give you a closer look, providing you
analysis, quotes and notes from the D-backs’ July 29
loss to the Mets.
score: Mets 5, Diamondbacks

The D-backs hit the road for a tough 10-game road trip that starts in Los
Angeles on Monday. On Sunday, they lost to the New York Mets 5-1 to
wrap up the homestand with a 7-3 record.

The Good:

The Diamondbacks finished 7-3 on this 10-game homestand. Catcher
Miguel Montero reached base safely in 16 of his last 23 plate appearances,
going 9-for-15 with five walks and two hit by pitch.

The Bad:

The Diamondbacks record when scoring two runs or less is atrocious. They
are 1-36 on the season when lacking some offense. Also, starter Joe
Saunders’ streak of six straight quality starts came to an end on Sunday.

He Said It:

On Sunday, the D-backs acquired third baseman Chris Johnson from the
Houston Astros in exchange for two minor leaguers. The 27-year-old
Johnson hit .279 with 21 doubles, eight home runs and 41 RBIs in 92
games this season.

After the game, D-backs’ General Manager Kevin Towers talked about what
the club sees in Johnson.

“If you look at his numbers they’ve been pretty consisent numbers over the
years. He’s got power and I think this ballpark will help him. I think coming
to a contender will hopefully energize him, you know it’s been pretty tough
over there I’m sure over the last couple years.”


Mets’ starter R.A. Dickey continues to dominate in every ballpark he enters.
He’s 12-1 with a 2.44 ERA in his last 19 games, which includes 18 starts.
Three walks are the most he’s issued in a single game since June 24th
against the Yankees.

Up Next:

The Diamondbacks continue a stretch of 20 consecutive games without a
day off when right-hander Trevor Cahill faces fellow righty Aaron Harang
and the Dodgers on Monday. Cahill is 0-2 with a 6.10 ERA in his past two
road starts.

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