Things were not looking good for Taylor Clarke after giving up a two-run homer in the second inning. Then he was tagged for four more runs in the third inning when Alex Dickerson, making his Giants debut, hit a grand slam to deep right center field. Clarke was lifted after the leadoff man reached in the fourth inning. T.J. McFarland stopped the bleeding, for a bit. This allowed the Diamondbacks to climb back into the game, trailing by one as the game moved into the fateful seventh inning. McFarland and Andriese combined to allow four runs in the inning. Bradley came on in relief and allowed one more in the ninth. Adding injury to insult, Ketel Marte left the game in the third, having suffered an apparent leg or groin injury.
It was a rough night all around for the Diamondbacks. If not for what injuries have done to the rotation, Taylor Clarke;’s tenure as a starter would likely be in jeopardy. Of the 41 hits the rookie has surrendered so far this season, 21 have been of the extra-base variety, including the grand slam he allowed in the third inning last night.
The extended losing streak has now dropped the Diamondbacks below even on the season. The team continues to be nibbled by injuries and has yet to find an answer for the need for one or two starting pitchers.
Ketel Marte tweaked his groin leaving the batter’s box in the third inning of Friday night’s game. His status is still not determined, but Marte indicates that he is feeling a bit better.
“I had never felt pain in that part of my body before, and it was a little scary when I felt my leg kind of tweak the wrong way. It was scary at first and now I’m good.”
Center fielder, Ketel Marte, has made the cut as one of the top three vote-receivers at second base for the National League All-Star Team. He joins Mike Moustakas and Ozzie Albies.
With playing time at first being sporadic and the bullpen getting taxed so much of late, Kevin Cron was optioned back to the Reno Aces. No corresponding move has yet been made and Torey Lovullo would not comment on who the team planned to bring up. It is assumed that the move will be a fresh arm for the taxed bullpen.
Warning, reading over this list may lead to depressing thoughts and/or heavy drinking.
Rosenthal: Plans are Fluid for Diamondbacks (The Athletic)
The course the Arizona Diamondbacks have been (mostly) successfully navigating this season is not the one that was charted out for them, but they are making the best of it with surprisingly good results.
Old friend, David Hernandez has re-established himself as a late-inning, high-leverage reliever in the band box of Cincinnati.
The suspension places serious doubts on Oakland’s chances of making a run for one of the two AL Wild Card slots.
Mazara’s blast went an estimated 505 feet to right field, tying the record for the longest home run of the statcast era.
Jayson Stark: Home Run Madness (The Athletic)
It can’t just be the baseballs... or can it?