Madison Bumgarner surrendered a pair of two run homers while Pittsburgh’s J.T. Brubaker fired five shutout innings. The Diamondbacks’ offense squandered numerous scoring opportunities early, which made their two-run “rally” in the eight insufficient to salvage the game.
Diamondbacks Show Effort, Not Results
David Peralta made a wall-crashing catch in left. Daulton Varsho made a great throw to catch Reynolds trying to stretch a hit into a double. The bullpen fired three scoreless innings. Ketel Marte dug deep and found some of his missing power with a pinch-hit home run in the eighth. In the end, it still equated to another Diamondbacks loss to the lowly Pittsburgh Pirates, further pushing Arizona “ahead” of the Pirates for the worst record in baseball.
Arizona Offense Continues Struggles
While Arizona scored five runs on Monday, those runs all came in the early stages of the game against the Pirates. From the fifth inning on Monday through the eighth inning on Tuesday, the Diamondbacks’ offense simply could not push across a run, despite numerous golden scoring opportunities. This lack of productive at-bats in key moments sunk the team on Tuesday.
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