ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

Diamondbacks drop finale of homestand to Braves in flat offensive showing

Jun 1, 2022, 4:33 PM | Updated: 8:21 pm
Arizona Diamondbacks' Christian Walker, right, stares at umpire Alex Tosi after being called out on...

Arizona Diamondbacks' Christian Walker, right, stares at umpire Alex Tosi after being called out on strikes during the third inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves Wednesday, June 1, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

PHOENIX — It has been a tale of two pitching departments for the Arizona Diamondbacks during a nine-game homestand.

Prior to the finale on Wednesday afternoon against the Atlanta Braves, D-backs starting pitchers had allowed 34 earned runs across 39.2 innings pitched off 57 hits and 15 walks. The relievers, meanwhile, sported a much better 32 hits and nine walks sacrificed over 33.1 innings pitched for just nine earned runs.

That trend did not stay consistent in Wednesday’s 6-0 D-backs loss.

Arizona starter Madison Bumgarner let a handful of guys on but limited his damage to two runs.

The left-hander gave up a hit in each of his first five innings, seven in total, plus two walks for two earned runs in 6.0 innings.

Bumgarner’s problems with control that had persisted in his previous two outings let Atlanta get an early edge in the first inning.

The lefty was ahead 0-2 to Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson before throwing a cutter in the lower middle portion of the strike zone, one Swanson was able to slap into left field for a single.

A walk to Marcell Ozuna on the next at-bat put two runners on and then a 1-2 cutter to William Contreras sat in the heart of the plate to get smoked 104.9 mph for an RBI double.

It was the same story the next inning.

Atlanta’s Adam Duvall fell behind 1-2 but then got a cutter in the zone that he smashed 105.8 mph down the left field line for a double. Rookie Michael Harris II brought Duvall home after Bumgarner hung a cutter right down the middle in a 3-1 count, a ball drilled 105.1 mph for Harris’ own double.

“The cutter is his main pitch. He loves to throw that cutter and can change speeds on it and throw it anywhere at any time but unfortunately it wasn’t a great pitch for him today,” D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said.

With those types of issues in mind, Bumgarner was critical of himself in the ways you would expect.

“There was a couple of times it crossed my mind to just turn it around and throw it in the gap and save time, start the inning with a runner on second because that’s what we ended up doing anyway,” Bumgarner said. “Results-wise, though, you can appreciate games like this more than a lot of other ones because your back’s against the wall the whole time and when you’re not feeling your best finding a way to go and keep your team in it.”

To his point, Bumgarner’s off day still left the scoreboard reading only a 2-0 deficit in the bottom of the sixth inning and prevented Lovullo from having to go to his bullpen early again.

When Bumgarner’s day was done, Noe Ramirez took over in the seventh and that’s where Arizona’s bullpen faltered for one of the first times this homestand.

Atlanta put together two singles off the right-hander before slugging third baseman Austin Riley demolished a first-pitch hanging changeup 439 feet over the majority of the seating rows in the left-field bleachers.

The Braves added an insurance run in the ninth off the recently called up Paul Fry.

Arizona’s offense had its chances before the bullpens came into the fray and then recorded 12 straight outs to end the game.

The D-backs put runners on first and second with two outs in the third and fourth innings but a Christan Walker strikeout and Jose Herrera groundout, respectively. For the fifth inning, this time there was only one out but Walker grounded into an inning-ending double play.

It was impressive composure from young Braves starter Kyle Wright, who has had an interesting MLB career path thus far.

The 26-year-old went fifth overall in the 2017 MLB Draft and became the first member of his draft class to play in the majors the following September in 2018.

At the start of the 2019 season, Wright actually earned a spot in the rotation but was sent back down to Triple-A after three starts. He would proceed to spend the majority of his time that year and in 2021 playing at that level before once again making the rotation this season.

Things are now coming together for Wright. He entered play on Wednesday with a 2.68 ERA and 1.043 WHIP. The right-hander logged 6.0 innings on Wednesday and held the D-backs to a donut despite three hits and five walks.

The D-backs left seven runners on base and it was Ketel Marte three times. He walked twice and hit a single to extend his career-high hitting streak to 14 games.

Arizona (25-27) only had three hits to Atlanta’s (24-27) 12.

Penguin Air
Atlanta Braves' Dansby Swanson (7) celebrates his run scored against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 1, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Atlanta Braves' William Contreras (24) slides safely into second base with a run-scoring double as Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Ketel Marte, right, applies a late tag during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 1, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner throws a pitch against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 1, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Kyle Wright throws a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 1, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Jake Hager makes a play on a grounder hit by Atlanta Braves' Adam Duvall, before throwing to first base for the out, during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 1, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson tries to barehand a grounder hit by Arizona Diamondbacks' Josh Rojas, before throwing the ball away for an error, during the third inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 1, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks' Christian Walker, right, stares at umpire Alex Tosi after being called out on strikes during the third inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves Wednesday, June 1, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Atlanta Braves' Guillermo Heredia celebrates his double against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 1, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Atlanta Braves' Austin Riley points to teammates in the dugout after hitting a three-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the seventh inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 1, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Atlanta Braves' Austin Riley connects for a three-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the seventh inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 1, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Atlanta Braves fans cheer as Braves' Austin Riley runs the bases after hitting a three-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the seventh inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 1, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Noe Ramirez (24) pauses near the mound after giving up a three-run home run to Atlanta Braves' Austin Riley, right, during the seventh inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 1, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Atlanta Braves' Austin Riley, right, celebrates his three-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks with Marcell Ozuna (20) during the seventh inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 1, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies fields a grounder hit by Arizona Diamondbacks' Pavin Smith, before throwing to first base for the out during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 1, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Jesse Chavez, right, slaps hands with catcher William Contreras after the team's baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, in Phoenix. The Braves won 6-0. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Atlanta Braves left fielder Guillermo Heredia (38), center fielder Michael Harris II and right fielder Adam Duvall, right, celebrate the team's 6-0 win in a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Atlanta Braves' William Contreras, right, avoids an inside pitch as Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Jose Herrera, left, scoops the ball during the ninth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 1, 2022, in Phoenix. The Braves won 6-0. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Atlanta Braves catcher William Contreras, left, heads back to the dugout as Arizona Diamondbacks' Christian Walker, right, shouts after being called out on strikes during the third inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 1, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Arizona Diamondbacks

Arizona Diamondbacks' Jake McCarthy follows the flight of his RBI-single off Colorado Rockies relie...
Jordan Leandre

Diamondbacks potential trade packages involving OF surplus

The Arizona Diamondbacks have holes on the roster while also boasting an outfield surplus. Here are three possible packages to address both.
3 days ago
Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) shouts to his team from the bench during the first half of an N...
Jordan Leandre

Arizona Sports Thanksgiving: 5 things fans can be thankful for

Arizona sports faced a lot of unexpected events in 2022. However, here are five things fans can be thankful for this holiday season.
6 days ago
(Twitter screenshot/ Tiburones Report)...
Wills Rice

Watch: Former D-back Asdrubal Cabrera punches man after bat flip in Venezuelan league game

Former Diamondbacks utility man Asdrubal Cabrera chose the side of the older generation in a Venezuelan winter league game on Saturday.
9 days ago
Relief pitcher Reyes Moronta #59 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the Philadelphia Phill...
Arizona Sports

Arizona Diamondbacks non-tender Reyes Moronta, tender 39 others

The Arizona Diamondbacks announced a plethora of moves on Friday, including a non-tender for relief pitcher Reyes Moronta.
11 days ago
FILE - Seattle Mariners' Kyle Lewis runs the bases after he hit a solo home run against the Houston...
Jordan Leandre

Kyle Lewis acquisition creates intriguing possibilities for Arizona Diamondbacks

The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired OF Kyle Lewis from the Seattle Mariners on Thursday. What kind of opportunities does his presence create?
11 days ago
Kyle Lewis #1 of the Seattle Mariners at bat during the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Ange...
Jake Anderson

D-backs acquire 2020 ROTY Kyle Lewis from Mariners in exchange for Cooper Hummel

The Arizona Diamondbacks have acquired OF Kyle Lewis from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for OF/C Cooper Hummel.
12 days ago
Diamondbacks drop finale of homestand to Braves in flat offensive showing