Josh Collmenter made the Arizona Diamondbacks look a lot better than they did Tuesday night, when Wade Miley and company lost 12-2 to the Kansas City Royals, but his offense could hardly say as much.
Though collecting 12 hits, as compared with the Royals’ five, the D-backs struggled to drive in runs against right-hander Yordano Ventura and the Kansas City bullpen. The Royals won 4-3.
Collmenter fared well against most of the Royals lineup, but it was Mike Moustakas who provided enough trouble to overcome the D-backs, driving in all four of his team’s runs while going 2-for-4 with a two-run home run from the seven hole.
The D-backs put together rallies in the eighth and ninth innings, but came up empty-handed in the former and logged just a run in the latter, leaving two men on in both frames.
And that was the story of the night for the team, as they were just 2-for-14 with men on base, scoring their three runs on RBI singles by Aaron Hill and David Peralta and a sacrifice fly by Mark Trumbo.
Here’s a look at the loss, by the numbers:
The D-backs went just 2-for-14 with men on base Wednesday.
Collmenter has pitched to a 2.61 ERA over his last eight starts at Chase Field.
The Royals captured their fifth straight series win by beating the D-backs Wednesday. They are 6-1 in their last seven games and have won eight of their last 11 series while going 10-4 in interleague play so far this season.
Ender Inciarte has reached base in eight consecutive games and 15 of his last 16. On Wednesday, he was 1-for-5 while knocking his first career triple.
D-backs hitters struck out 11 times Wednesday, the night after they struck out 10 times. As a team, they have recorded double-digit strikeout games at the plate 23 times this season, with their season-high coming on April 20, when they struck out 14 times against Josh Beckett and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Evan Marshall has now recorded a scoreless appearance in 13 of his last 15 appearances (3 ER in 13.0 IP).
Over his last 17 appearances, Oliver Perez has pitched to a 0.55 ERA, allowing just one run in 16.1 innings pitched.
The D-backs have been outscored by 20 runs, 35-15, so far in the month of August, going 1-4.
Hill recorded his 1300th career hit with the aforementioned RBI single, which came in the third inning.
Chase Field attendance hit a season-low of 16,157 on Wednesday.