Bronson Arroyo’s Arizona Diamondbacks debut didn’t go so well, but his offense was able to pick him up with five runs of support.
Unfortunately, they couldn’t do the same for relief pitcher Will Harris, who surrendered five runs to the San Francisco Giants in the eighth inning, sealing his team’s fate Thursday, an >8-5 loss Both Paul Goldschmidt and Mark Trumbo homered in the game, providing the Diamondbacks with four of their five runs. Aaron Hill batted in the other Diamondbacks run on an RBI double which scored Gerardo Parra.
The Diamondbacks (1-5) now head to Denver to face the Colorado Rockies over the weekend.
Here’s a closer look at the loss, by the numbers:
The Diamondbacks’ 1-5 start over the first six games ties a franchise-worst start, previously done in 2003, 1999 and 1998. The team went on to record winning records in two of those years — 1999 and 2003, when they went 100-62 and 84-78, respectively. In their inaugural season, the Diamondbacks’ 1-5 start turned into a 65-97 finish.
Brandon Belt hit his third home run of the series in the first inning off of Arroyo. To date, eight of Belt’s 36 career home runs have come against the Diamondbacks and six of those eight have come at Chase Field.
Bronson Arroyo managed just 13 outs in his first Diamondbacks start, exiting the game with a runner on third and one out in the fifth. All in all, he allowed two runs on five hits, two walks and a home run, striking out three with 82 total pitches on the day.
Paul Goldschmidt’s dominance of Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum continued into 2014 on Thursday, when the Diamondbacks first baseman went 2-for-3 with a home run against his division foe. Over the course of his career, Goldschmidt is now 12-for-23 (.522) against Lincecum with six home runs, 13 RBI and two walks. No other hitter has gotten more than four home runs against Lincecum.
Goldschmidt’s first-inning home run extended his hitting streak to 25 games, dating back to last season. He now stands alone with the second-longest hitting streak in franchise history. Luis Gonzalez’s 30-game hitting streak in 1999 is the longest in Diamondbacks history to date. The streak is the longest active streak in baseball.
Mark Trumbo’s sixth-inning home run was his first at Chase Field and his second on the year. It traveled 435 feet to right-centerfield. According to ESPN Stats & Info, the slugger has hit more 435+ foot home runs than anyone in baseball since the start of last season with 19.