D-Backs get shutout for first time in 2013 in loss to Braves
Like the old saying goes, all good things must come to an end.
The Diamondbacks 78-game streak of scoring at least one run came to end on Friday in Atlanta as the Braves got a 3-0 victory in the first game of a three-game series.
Atlanta got a run in each of the first, fifth and eighth innings. Justin Upton got the scoring started with a RBI single in the first. Andrelton Simmons hit a solo home run in he fifth and the Braves finished off their scoring with a safety squeeze from Reed Johnson.
Arizona’s offense was once again no where to be found. Braves starter Julio Teheran stymied D-Backs hitters allowing just four hits and a walk in six innings. The Bravos bullpen gave up a pair of baserunners in the last three innings, but they were able to shut things down.
Now onto a few thoughts.
-This team going 78 straight games without being shutout is pretty impressive. Every other team in baseball had been shutout at least once and some teams multiple times. Now let’s hope that tonight will be the final time they are held scoreless this season.
-Randall Delgado pitched pretty well once again. He got off to another rocky start in the first inning, but allowed only one run the rest of the way. Delgado may very well have earned himself another start in the rotation after tonight’s performance.
-He hasn’t been getting much attention, but Will Harris has been really good lately as he went another outing without giving up a run. Harris hasn’t allowed a run since June 8 and he has surrendered only one run since May 17. He’s been quite the addition to a D-Backs bullpen that has suffered some injuries.
-Usually when your offense struggles, you may have one or two guys who are hitting at a somewhat decent clip, but this entire D-Backs offense has struggled on this trip. That’s probably thanks in large part to the starting pitching that the unit has faced over these last four games, but they still have to work through that. Hopefully things start to turn around with Tim Hudson on the mound for Atlanta tomorrow night.
-We now know who is going to be sent down to make room for J.J. Putz. The odd man out is Zeke Spruill, who was option out immediately following the game.