July 24, 2021

Diamondbacks 5, Brewers 1: Wait, what? (AZ Snakepit)

Record: 21-53. Pace: 46-116. Change on 2004: -6.

It has been a rough couple of weeks to be a Diamondbacks’ fan. The team saw the previous franchise record of 14 consecutive losses obliterated, as they piled up 17 defeats in a row. They lost in every way imaginable. Blowouts? Check, four of the defeats being by six or more runs. One-run losses? Check. Five of those. Bad pitching? Check, for sure, with a team ERA of 6.88 during the streak. Lack of offense? Check: three shutouts, and another game where the D-backs managed one hit [we get to see that starter, Freddy Peralta, tomorrow night]. But this evening, the team finally managed to get their ducks in a row. The best start in a month, a solid bullpen performance and clutch hits when they needed them. The streak is over, folks!

It perhaps did not seem that this would be the day in the first inning, because Merrill Kelly’s day got off to a bit of a rough start. He gave up a lead-off double, which was almost a lead-off home-run, clanking off the outfield fence in right. The batter still scored, coming home on a two-out single which gave the Brewers an early 1-0 lead. Arizona failed to trouble the scorers in the bottom of the…

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