The Arizona Diamondbacks have gotten by lately with just enough pitching to go with some timely hitting.
So it makes sense that the team would struggle when both of those things falter just a little bit — and that was the case Monday, as the D-backs dropped the series opener to the Houston Astros 4-3 at Chase Field.
The Astros jumped out to an early 4-0 lead thanks to a pair of runs in both the first and second innings, but then D-backs starter Josh Collmenter found his groove — finishing seven innings without allowing another run.
Despite Collmenter’s rebound performance, Arizona couldn’t scrape enough offense together to get him off the hook for the loss.
Here’s a closer look at the loss, by the numbers:
The D-backs’ No. five through nine hitters combined to reach base just one time, and that came on Ender Inciarte’s two-out double in the ninth innings. The one through four hitters combined for five hits and three walks.
The Diamondbacks found themselves in a 4-0 hole before even recording a hit — the Astros scored a pair of runs in each of the first two innings, and a late D-backs rally wasn’t enough to overcome the deficit.
The Diamondbacks’ No. 3 and 4 hitters, Paul Goldschmidt and Miguel Montero, combined to reach base five times in the game — as many times as the rest of the team combined. They went 3-for-6 with two walks.
The Astros recorded just six hits following the first two innings, but they did enough damage at the start of the game to outlast Arizona — scoring four runs on five hits, a walk and an error.
D-backs outfielder David Peralta saw his historic career-opening hitting streak come to an end at seven games. He went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts after recording at least one hit in every game he had played in the major leagues.
After getting within 10 games of the .500 mark for the first time since April with a win on Sunday, the D-backs fell back to that point with Monday’s loss.