Another Vidal Nuno start, another no-decision.
Since joining the Arizona Diamondbacks, the left-hander has had some poor luck, failing to get a win in eight starts in Sedona red.
On Monday against the Washington Nationals, Nuno was solid again, turning in a seven-inning performance in which he allowed just five hits, two walks and two earned runs as his season ERA dipped to 3.72.
But relief pitchers Brad Ziegler and Will Harris combined to allow more runs than Nuno, with the former surrendering two in the eighth inning for his eighth blown save of the season. And the latter, meanwhile, allowed a walk-off home run to Adam LaRoche in the 11th inning. It was Harris’ first day with the D-backs since June.
David Peralta’s ninth-inning home run got Ziegler off the hook, sending the game into extras. It was his sixth of the season.
And then, in the top half of the 11th, Matt Stites looked to be in line for the win when the D-backs loaded the bases with no outs against Nationals right-hander Craig Stammen. But two strikeouts and a groundout later, it would be Stammen who became the benefactor of run support, getting his third win of the season with LaRoche’s aforementioned home run.
Here’s a look at the extra-innings loss by the numbers:
After going 0-for-21 in his previous six games, Didi Gregorius managed to go 2-for-5 Monday, once hitting a go-ahead two-run home run in the eighth inning.
The Nationals Monday recored their third straight walk-off win. The streak is the first time the team has accomplished as much since moving to the States from Montreal.
Ziegler hasn’t looked himself over the last couple of months. In his 16 most recent appearances, the right-handed relief pitcher has pitched to a 6.75 ERA, blowing four saves in that span and going on to lose one.
Nuno matched his career high in strikeouts Monday, fanning seven Nationals hitters while walking two. The left-hander threw 87 pitches, 59 for strikes.
Ender Inciarte stole his ninth base of the season Monday, swiping third base.
Harris has a 9.45 ERA on the season, having allowed 14 earned runs in just 13.1 innings pitched. He has surrendered three home runs in those appearances. Before Monday, his last appearance with the team came June 16, when he gave up three runs in one third of an inning against the Milwaukee Brewers. At Triple-A Reno, however, the right-hander has a 0.99 ERA in 45.2 innings pitched, allowing just five earned runs.
Miguel Montero is hitting .324 over his last 10 games, after going 3-for-4 with a walk Monday.