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With last night’s loss, the Diamondbacks are now tied for the longest losing streak in the majors this season

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (46) scores a run in front of Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Carson Kelly (18) during the tenth inning at Chase Field Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Diamondbacks News

(AZ Central) D-Backs rally but fall to Cardinals in 10th, losing streak extends to 11 games

“The 38-year-old Molina ripped a one-out double down the left field line, just out of the reach of a diving Eduardo Escobar. The hit scored Paul Goldschmidt, who started the inning on second base. Daniel Ponce de Leon pitched a scoreless 10th for his first save of the season.

The Cardinals won despite blowing a 4-0 lead. Carlos Martinez took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and Tyler O’Neill hit a two-run homer in his return from the injured list”

Translation, we got beat by our rejected first baseman, a catcher that probably should have retired five years ago, and a guy who hadn’t done any baseball activity in 10+ days. Good job team.

(St. Louis Post-Dispatch) Just Desert: Martinez’s sharp night upended, lead scorched, Cardinals finally muster 5-4 win in 10th

The Arizona Diamondbacks, careening into the series on a 10-game losing streak, were no-hit, no-luck, no-threat through six innings Thursday and then, no kidding, scored four runs against the Cardinals’ bullpen to tie the game and plunge it into extra innings at Chase Field. What started as Martinez’s longest stretch of no-hit innings to begin a start reversed and became a stress test on the bullpen and a reminder of missed opportunities in the game.

(AZ Central) D-Backs’ Corbin Martin sent back to Reno after inconsistent outings

In two starts, Martin issued seven walks and allowed three homers in nine innings, struggling with both command and finishing off hitters. Lovullo described Martin’s issues as being rooted around consistency, and while the Diamondbacks considered letting him work through his development in the majors, they ultimately decided he would benefit from going back down.

(Arizona Sports) Hall: D-backs’ 2020, 2021 seasons ‘almost a mirror, which is frightening’

“What is concerning is we’ve done this for parts of three seasons, where we’ve struggled and we’ve had losing streaks and we haven’t really been able to stop the bleeding,” Hall told Arizona Sports’ Doug & Wolf on Thursday. “Every single person has to look in the mirror when we go on these runs.”

This sounds like the lead up to a knee jerk reaction that isn’t going to accomplish anything other than restarting this process...

MLB News

(St. Louis Post-Dispatch) Clearing up a sticky topic, Shildt awaits word from MLB after comments on foreign substance; O’Neill has blast in return

Major League Baseball has advertised a crackdown on foreign substances that is easier in memo than in practice, in part because hitters want pitchers to have better grip but not so much better that it creates curious movement. Plus, asking umpires to examine gloop on the mound, in a game, might be too much. Umpire Joe West had Gallegos put on a new hat before he threw pitch to avoid, in the umpire’s opinion, any accusation of a foreign substance. With a brand-new cap, Gallegos then struck out the next two batters he faced.

(Fox Sports) JAVY BÁEZ’S BASERUNNING WIZARDRY LURES PIRATES INTO BLUNDER, SPARKS CUBS

They say it’s baserunning wizardry... but in reality, it’s hands down the worst defense I’ve seen in a long time, and I watched the entire Astro’s defense bounce off of each other like pinballs. All the first baseman had to do was step on first. THAT’S IT.

(Yahoo! Sports) Shohei Ohtani scratched from start after traffic issue forced Angels players to take BART train to stadium

The team bus reportedly got stuck in traffic after there was a car crash on the Bay Bridge. As a result, Angels players hopped on the BART — a public transit system in the Bay Area — and used that to get to the stadium.

The Angels apparently told reporters the team had an issue on the BART, but the transit system’s Twitter account disputed that part of the story.