Joe Ross and four relievers combined to shutout the Diamondbacks tonight on 1 hit. The lone hit was an infield single by the pitcher Alex Young. (Young’s first hit of his major league career)
The Diamondbacks just could not put together any good at bats. The frustration was off the charts as Ross issued five walks in the first 3 innings but no hits or runs followed. In fact the five at bats that followed those walks produced 3 groundouts, (including a Carson Kelly GBDP), a strikeout and a flyout on just 20 pitches. The approach and execution with runners on base was more than lacking. You could sense the frustration for manager Torey Lovullo after the game
While Alex Young had a terrific game, it wasn't enough to win the first one the series. Manager, Torey Lovullo speaks on the @Dbacks 3-0 loss.— FOX Sports Arizona (@FOXSPORTSAZ) August 3, 2019
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In fact , about Young’s hit, this sad little note was passed to me during the game:
No pitcher since 1906 has struck out at least 9 batters and accounted for all of his team’s hits in a game
Young pitched really well again, matching Ross through the first five scoreless innings. But in the 6th he allowed a leadoff double to former DBack Adam Eaton. Two outs later Torey called for the intentional walk to Brian Dozier with first base open to get the lefty on lefty matchup with Matt Adams, who had already struck out twice in the game. As Lovullo said after the game, it was really a no brainer move, and I can’t disagree. But the move backfired, as Adams ripped the first pitch he saw, an 84 MPH cutter, for a double down the right field line scoring both Eaton and Dozier. It was Young’s worst pitch of the night
Young’s final line was 6 IP, 2 hits, 3 walks, (1 IBB) 2 ER, and a career high 9 strikeouts. He was getting ahead all night, and had Nationals hitters off balance, lunging out in front of his off speed stuff . He kept the ball down, with most of the swing and misses on pitches at or below the knees. It was an impressive performance, and he continues to show he belongs in this rotation.
Stefan Chrichton relieved Young in the 7th, and after a scoreless frame, came back out and surrendered a solo homerun to Juan Soto for the final run of the game. Greg Holland pitched a scoreless 9th.
A couple of points of note from the Nationals side: Former DBack closer Fernando Rodney pitched a scoreless 8th inning. Also, Nationals reliever Roenis Elias was sent out to hit in the 8th inning because the Nationals were working with a short bench. (Howie Kendrick was a late scratch). I Heard after the game, he was told not to swing in two languages.
#Nats reliever Roenis Elias said he was told not to swing at the plate but couldn’t help himself and left with cramp in hamstring— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) August 3, 2019
Asked once again why his team struggles at home, and if lack of crowd energy has anything to do with it, Torey had no firm answers. He did mention they have played some games in front of sparse crowds on the road and managed to put up plenty of runs, so he didn’t feel it’s an energy problem. Whatever the problem is, it’s not going to get any easier tomorrow, as they will face off against Stephen Strasburg at 5:10 P.M.
The loss drops them 4.5 games back in the wild care and their hopes will quickly fade if they don’t right the ship over the next two days.
Alex Young: ( +.034 pitching, +.007 hitting), Ketel Marte +.024
Carson Kelly. -.136. , Eduardo Escobar -.135, David Peralta -.107
No Red comments, but giving out a COTN anyway , to Chronicles of the Desert. Nobody deserves this kind of game on their birthday, so the least we can do is give out this prestigious award