The Arizona Diamondbacks had a difficult time in the batter’s box Tuesday night in their 3-0 loss to the Cincinnati Reds.
Reds starter Mike Leake gave up five hits and struck out eight in his seven-plus innings of work.
The Reds scored a run off pitcher Trevor Cahill in the bottom of the first inning and that would be all they would need. Runs in the second and sixth were insurance runs.
Flame-throwing Aroldis Chapman came in for the save and that was that as he put the D-backs away in order.
It was the Reds second win in 11 games since the All-Star break.
Here’s a look at Tuesday’s game by the numbers:
The Reds’ Leake had zero walks and struck out eight Diamondbacks in his 7.2 innings. And from the hitting side of things he had an RBI.
Didi Gregorious was the only Diamondback to record more than one hit. His triple was his fourth of the season.
The Diamondbacks were 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position. The hit, by Gregorious, moved Parra from second to third in the top of the seventh inning.
The Diamondbacks have scored two runs in 24 innings of baseball in Cincinnati over the last two days.
Starting pitcher Trevor Cahill gave up three runs while taking the loss. He’s now 1-8 on the season with a 5.59 ERA. Since re-joining the rotation on July 18 he has given up three runs in all three of his outings. Going six innings was the longest he has lasted in a game since April 2.
With an 0-for-4 performance Paul Goldschmidt sees his batting average drop to .302. He was last hitting below .300 on June 29. He and the D-backs will face Alfredo Simon on Wednesday.
Gerardo Parra now has 18 doubles on the season after his two-bagger off Leake.
Chapman recorded his 100th save in getting two ground outs and a strike out in the ninth inning.