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Grit Index: McCarthy struggles, D-backs fall for second straight night to Pirates

For a second consecutive night, the Arizona Diamondbacks couldn’t put a complete game together and suffered another loss at the hands of the Pittsburgh Pirates at Chase Field. The 6-5 defeat puts the D-backs at 5-3 on the season, and they’ve now lost two straight after winning four in a row.

Arizona starter Brandon McCarthy wasn’t sharp early on, and the Pirates took advantage with three hits and a run in the top of the first inning. Pittsburgh then went on to add five more runs in the fourth. Needless to say, it wasn’t McCarthy’s night. He ended up throwing 115 pitches in 6 2/3 innings of work and was tagged with the loss.

Starling Marte, Neil Walker and Garrett Jones each finished the night with two RBI for the Pirates.

The Good:

Despite the loss the D-backs did manage some offense early, scoring four of their five runs in the first inning. Miguel Montero had three RBI, and Jason Kubel added a two-run home run.

The Bad:

The Pirates seem to have the D-backs’ number. They are 6-2 in their last eight games against Arizona and 12-6 in their last 18.


Outfielder Jason Kubel has now hit safely in all six of his starts this season. He started the game Tuesday night in right field.

Stat of the Night:

D-backs starter Brandon McCarthy allowed five runs in the fourth inning and that was the most he’s given up in an inning since August 12, 2011 against the Texas Rangers.

He Said It:

“I think he threw the ball good. Probably I didn’t call the right pitches. I think I called too many pitches on two strikes. It’s probably my fault and I have to make adjustments to it. Hopefully next outing will be next for me and him both, working together. I can’t really blame it on him because it was my fault. I was the one putting the fingers down, he went with me, he trusted me and unfortunately I guess I didn’t have the right fingers today.” — Catcher Miguel Montero on his miscues with starter Brandon McCarthy.

Up Next:

The Diamondbacks look to avoid a sweep Wednesday in their series finale with the Pirates. Left-hander Wade Miley gets the start for Arizona and will be opposed by Pittsburgh left-hander Jonathan Sanchez. First pitch is at 12:40 p.m. on Arizona Sports 620.