It was assumed going into the season that the Diamondbacks would have a pretty good offense. So far that's come true, even with AJ Pollock being out, and tonight was no different. The problem, though, is that the starting pitching hasn't quite clicked yet, and Rubby De La Rosa was the latest starter to take the mound as if he had wandered in from the street.
Jean Segura got the party started with a solo home run to lead off the game, another exclamation point in his argument against people who didn't like the trade that brought him here. He'd get another home run in second inning, though this one was an inside-the-park home run that came courtesy of a nasty collision in the outfield between Dexter Fowler and Kyle Schwarber. The latter would immediately leave the game on a cart with an unconfirmed ankle injury.
The Diamondbacks would run out to a 6 run total by the end of third, and dreams of free tacos also had me thinking we'd eek out a win in a slugfest. Unfortunately the offensive onslaught was one-sided, with the Cubs thoroughly dominating, ending with 14 runs.
De La Rosa had a short outing, only going 3.1 innings while giving up 7 runs. The bullpen wouldn't be outdone, though, and contributed 7 runs of their own. Jake Barrett was the first to answer the call, and he gave up another 2 runs in the 4th before finally ending the inning. Kyle Drabek gave up a lonely run, and Andrew Chafin, that sly devil, managed somehow to not give up a single run.
I'll admit, at this point I forgot you were allowed to do that. Not give up any runs in an inning? What sorcery is this?
Randall Delgado was tapped to take us to completion, but he wanted first to join in by giving up another 4 runs. All told, the D-backs gave up 14 runs on 14 hits, and made 2 errors on top of it. You're not going to win many games by giving up that kind of line.
Like I said above, Jean Segura continues to be a bright spot, and the offense did score enough to normally win. Hopefully they won't have to continue hitting solely for the pitching equivalent of a 5 gallon jar of spoiled mayonnaise.
Good: David Peralta (27.2%)
Not so good: Rubby De La Rosa (-42.3%)
Relatively busy Gameday Thread, with over 800 comments registered, likely all complaints about our subpar pitching so far. BenSharp led the way with almost 100 comments, and he was joined by: Arizona Eyebrows, AzRattler, Brynndyn, Clefo, Craig from Az, Diamondhacks, Fangdango, Gungus, GuruB, I suppose I'm a Pessimist, Jim McLennan, JoeCB1991, Majabe, Makakilo, MrMrrbi, NK4824, Oldenschoole, RMHSVoice, RobertMerrill, Ryancohn, SedonaRed24, Sprankton, Toll Booth Willie, TortugaCub, Xerostomia, Xipooo, Zavada's Moustache, asteroid, coldblueAZ, datr22, dbacks13, freeland1787, hotclaws, kamshing, luckycc, makattack71, noblevillain, onedotfive, piratedan7, preston.salisbury, rd33, shoewizard, thunderpumpkin87
Unfortunately, the series isn't finished as this was only the first in a 4 game set. Here's hoping the pitching turns around at sometime. Tomorrow's game is the normal 6:40 home start time.