Madison Bumgarner had yet another rough outing. Arizona’s defense was sloppy, allowing two unearned runs to score. Despite getting hits, the Diamondbacks continued their run of futility scoring runners from (wait for it) scoring position. On the flip-side of things, despite being kept in the yard, the Cardinals’ formidable heart of the order duo of Goldschmidt and Arenado were still able to drive in runs and make an impact.
The Diamondbacks have now lost 12 straight games, the longest streak in the majors this season and the second-longest in franchise history.
Bumgarner’s rocky start, combined with the defensive miscues by Josh Rojas and Carson Kelly, was all just too much for Arizona’s struggling offense to overcome, despite finally reaching taco-levels of performance for the first time in nearly a month.
Carson Kelly Among MLB’s Best in 2021 (The Athletic)
After the rough season Carson Kelly had in 2020, few would have put any money on the notion that he would rank among baseball’s best offensive threats from behind the plate in 2021. Yet, two months in, that’s precisely where we are.
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