As the old joke goes, the D-backs offense was left back in Arizona, the team being almost completely handcuffed by Anthony DeSclafani in Cincinnati this evening. The team managed only two hits through the first seven innings, singles by Paul Goldschmidt and A.J. Pollock, and didn’t get a man into scoring position through that point. Their best scoring chance off the Reds’ starter came in the eighth, when singles by Steven Souza and Nick Ahmed chased DeSclafani, but Alex Avila hit into a double-play.
Clay Buchholz was almost freakishly efficient in the early stages, taking just 22 pitches to get through the Reds order for the first time. He kept things scoreless until the sixth, when the Reds took the lead on a sacrifice fly. But his own error fielding a bunt in the seventh helped Cincinnati score two more. He did go seven innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and two walks, with four K’s. Jake Diekman worked a scoreless eighth, striking out the side around a two-out single.