Anybody hoping for the Arizona Diamondbacks to find a way to win a game before heading out on the road was disappointed again Wednesday, as the New York Mets completed a three-game sweep with a 5-2 win at Chase Field.
Anthony Recker started the scoring for the Mets with a solo home run off of D-backs starter Brandon McCarthy in the second inning. New York (8-7) would add single runs in the fourth and sixth innings and two more in the ninth.
Aaron Hill and Paul Goldschmidt hit back-to-back solo blasts off of New York closer Jose Valverde in the ninth, but it wasn’t enough, as the Diamondbacks lost their sixth straight.
Here’s a look at the D-backs’ latest loss, by the numbers.
The Diamondbacks went 0-6 on this homestand — the first time they’ve accomplished the dubious feat since May 7-12 of 2010, when they went 0-6 at Chase Field against the Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Dodgers.
The D-backs were outscored 43-16 during the homestand.
McCarthy pitched into the sixth inning and left having thrown 104 pitches in the game. It was the first time all season McCarthy had eclipsed the 100-pitch plateau and just the second time an Arizona pitcher has done it this season. Wade Miley threw 102 pitches in his last start — an 8-5 loss to the Dodgers Apr. 12.
With the loss, the D-backs have set a new mark for the worst 18-game start in club history. Arizona’s expansion club went 5-13 in its first 18 games in 1998.
Mets starter Dillon Gee pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing just three hits in picking up his first win of 2014. Gee became just the third New York pitcher to throw at least seven scoreless innings in 75 or less pitches, joining Robert Person (1996) and Frank Viola (1990).
Martin Prado’s two-out double in the fifth inning was the D-backs’ first base hit of the game.
Goldschmidt had two hits on the day and his hit safely in nine of his last 10 games.
The Diamondbacks have been outscored by 48 runs (115 to 67) in 2014, by far the worst margin in baseball. The Houston Astros (-23) have the second-worst differential heading into Wednesday night’s action.
As ESPN’s Buster Olney pointed out Wednesday, the Diamondbacks are on pace to shatter the MLB record for worst run differential. The 1962 New York Mets, who went 40-120 in their expansion season, had a run differential of -331. The D-backs are currently on pace to get outscored by 432 runs.