With the 6-4 loss to the Rockies Thursday, the Arizona Diamondbacks have failed to reach .500 for the eleventh time since April.
It looked promising heading into the eighth — Rubby De La Rosa had allowed only one run in seven innings and the Diamondbacks had put two runs on the board.
Daniel Hudson came in for relief and allowed a solo home run to Troy Tulowitzki. Oliver Perez came in to record the final out, but by that time five runs had crossed the plate in the inning.
The last time the Diamondbacks had a .500 record was April 24 and they were 8-8. They have gotten a win that brought them with one game of .500, followed by a loss for 10-straight games going back to their series with the Angels mid-month. Prior to that they swept the Giants and were swept by the Dodgers.
Chief of Baseball Operations Tony La Russa spoke out Wednesday about the trouble with .500, saying it is a non-issue for the team.
“It’s a negative distraction in the sense that let’s say we win two in a row here in Denver and you get to .500, and you start celebrating, ‘hey, we’re finally at .500,'” La Russa told Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM . “What’s the big deal? We want to be over .500.”
Next up, the D-Backs face the Padres and can earn a winning record with a sweep.