If there ever appeared to be a team suffering from a 17-inning marathon — not to mention the nearly 2,000-mile flight home — the Arizona Diamondbacks were that team Monday night.
Hosting the Atlanta Braves following a 17-inning affair (the second-longest game in franchise history in terms of innings) in Milwaukee, which ultimately resulted in a 7-6 D-backs loss, the men in Sedona Red and white were simply unable to summon significant momentum, falling to the Braves 8-1 in front of 18,258 at Chase Field.
Making his fourth start since returning from the 15-day disabled list after taking a line drive to the face versus Colorado on April 28, D-backs starting pitcher Archie Bradley struggled once again, exiting the game after five innings with his team trailing 5-0 en route to his third consecutive loss.
With the loss and the subsequent subpar performance, debate could intensify when it comes to whether manager Chip Hale and D-backs brass should send Bradley to the minors, or keep him on the big league roster while he irons out his pitching woes.
Quite honestly, the highlight of the night for the D-backs on the mound may have been the ceremonial first pitch delivered by none other than Shane Doan of the Arizona Coyotes.
— Craig Grialou (@CraigAZSports) June 2, 2015
In the meantime, the D-backs will look to put an end to their two-game losing streak when Josh Collmenter toes the rubber for Arizona in game two of their three-game series versus Atlanta Tuesday night.
Below we take a look at the D-backs’ loss, by the numbers.
Bradley’s ERA over his last four starts. Simply put, the 22-year-old righty hasn’t been the same since suffering a sinus fracture in late April. After starting his career 2-0 and boasting an impressive 2.13 ERA over three starts, Bradley has lost three straight, failing to make it past the fifth inning in each of his last four starts.
The D-backs failed to hit a home run Monday, snapping their streak of nine straight games with a home run.
D-backs shortstop Nick Ahmed has been error free in 59 of 63 games to start his career. Ahmed’s .985 fielding percentage was also tied for fifth-best among all major league shortstops entering the day.
While on the topic of Ahmed, it should be noted that the East Longmeadow, Massachusetts native is hitting .350 (21-for-60) with three doubles, one triple, three home runs and 10 RBI in his last 18 games. His average among all National League batters since May 12 ranked 11th entering Monday’s action.
Though he failed to hit a home run or even drive an RBI, D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt did register a hit Monday versus Atlanta. His 65 hits this season rank second in the NL behind Miami’s Dee Gordon.
The D-backs feature three players on their 25-man roster that were developed in the Braves’ farm system (Nick Ahmed, Randall Delgado and Jarrod Saltalamacchia).