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Stop me if you've heard this before. One bad inning proved the D-backs undoing again - though there was a new wrinkle here, with the Cubs' four-run second being capped by a three-run homer to the opposing pitcher. Sigh. Otherwise? Much the same.

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Another day, another mediocre start for Bronson Arroyo. Tonight, it was eight hits and three walks allowed in 5.1 innings, leading to five earned runs - and it might have been worse, had he and J.J. Putz not been able to wiggle out of a bases-loaded, no out jam in the sixth inning. It all fell apart with two outs in the second, and the bottom of the Cubs order up. Their 7-8-9 hitters went RBI single, single, three RBI homer: yep, that was opposing pitcher, Travis Wood, delivering the killer blow with a bomb on a pitch which couldn't have been better placed had it been sitting on a tee in front of him.

The Diamondbacks offense failed to show up, more or less, with the usual honorable exception of Paul Goldschmidt, who went 3-for-4. We avoided the shutout, when Mark Trumbo clubbed his seventh home-run of the year, but we had a K:BB ratio on the offensive side of 10:0, and the expensive core of our position players, Aaron Hill, Mark Prado and Cody Ross continued to struggle, going a combined 0-for-12 with five strikeouts. Ross is still looking for his first hit of the season.

We'll be back at it again tomorrow night at Wrigley, when Brandon McCarthy takes on Jason Hammel. Maybe it'll go better. Or maybe not...