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Diamondbacks 3, Pirates 8

Squandered opportunities at the plate, missteps in the field and brutal pitching from the bullpen saw the D-backs drop their second straight game at home.

Christian Petersen

It was more of the same for the D-backs on Saturday night; starting pitcher throws well and hands the ball over to the bullpen, only to see the bullpen (and the defense in this one) let the game slip through the cracks. Chase Anderson was a bit erratic to start the game off, but eventually settled down after a Josh Harrison solo shot in the third. The Arizona starter went on to throw six innings, allowing just the one run on five hits.

The most frustrating part of the game was the inability of the Diamondbacks offense to convert with runners in scoring position. This was most evident in the seventh when Arizona had runners on second and third with no one out and wasn't able to even get one across in the inning. Momentum swung after that debacle.

Brad Ziegler came into the ball game in the eighth and behind a series of unfortunate events -- not all his fault -- the Pirates scored four in the inning to take a four-run lead.

The Pirates went on to score three more in the ninth to put the game even further out of reach for Arizona despite a bottom of the ninth two-run home run off the bat of David Peralta for his second and third RBIs of the night.