Diamondbacks left-hander Patrick Corbin threw well, but was lifted early for a pinch-hitter on Saturday night vs. the Braves.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Randall Delgado talked about a borderline pitch to Dansby Swanson that went against him, and the pitch Lane Adams hit for a bases-clearing double.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his bullpen’s struggles in Saturday night’s 8-5 loss to the Atlanta Braves. sports, baseball, diamondbacks, dbacks, mlb,
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about pitching to Freddie Freeman in the eighth inning and letting Taijuan Walker hit in the sixth.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Taijuan Walker talks about his performance on the mound and at the plate against the Braves on Friday night.
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azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Nick Piecoro discuss what the Diamondbacks need to do to win the division.
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azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Sarah McLellan talk about the playoff odds for the Diamondbacks and the Suns as well as a big upcoming fight in our Shot Clock video.
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Manager Torey Lovullo, left-hander Patrick Corbin and center fielder A.J. Pollock react to the loss.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo on his team’s loss to the Reds.
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Manager Torey Lovullo, right-hander Zack Greinke and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt react to the win.
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azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Dan Bickley discuss the Arizona Diamondbacks closer situation and more in our Shot Clock video.
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Diamondbacks closer Fernando Rodney did not retire a batter on Thursday night as the Dodgers rallied from a three-run deficit to win 5-4 at Dodger Stadium.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about Fernando Rodney’s blown save and his team’s gut-wrenching loss to the Dodgers on Thursday night.
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Lefty Robbie Ray talks about his performance vs. the Dodgers in the Diamondbacks’ 5-4 loss on Thursday night.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about lefty Alex Wood’s performance in a 1-0 loss to the Dodgers on Wednesday night.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Godley gave up one run in 5 2/3 innings in a 1-0 loss to the Dodgers on Wednesday night.
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Diamondbacks outfielder Gregor Blanco talks about Dodgers lefty Alex Wood’s outing and his team’s few chances to score in a 1-0 loss on Wednesday.
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Mark Faller and Dan Bickley discuss how the Suns handled free agency in a loaded West and the Diamondbacks’ options when it comes to rolling the dice on the trade market with the Dodgers in command of the West.
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Diamondbacks shortstop Chris Owings talks about breaking up Clayton Kershaw’s no-hit bid with an infield single.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo discusses his team’s 4-3 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night.
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Diamondback manager Torey Lovullo, shortstop Ketel Marte and starting pitcher Taijuan Walker discuss Sunday’s 4-3 walk-off win over the Rockies on Sunday. With the game tied in the ninth inning, Marte produced a game-winning single.
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Diamondbacks Jake Lamb, Zack Greinke, Robbie Ray and Paul Goldschmidt discuss being named to the MLB All-Star Game in Miami. Bob McManaman/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks reliever Archie Bradley talks about Zack Greinke’s strong outing in a 6-2 win over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday night.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke said “a lot of things were going good” in his outing vs. Rockies on Saturday.
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Diamondbacks lefty Robbie Ray walked five in six innings, but he said he didn’t think he was missing by much on Friday night vs. the Rockies.
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Chris Owings discusses the Diamondbacks’ 6-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Friday night.
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D-Backs manager Torey Lovullo talks loss to St. Louis.
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Diamondbacks GM Mike Hazen says plans for a humidor at Chase Field have been pushed back to next year.
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Manager Torey Lovullo, who was ejected in the third inning, and starting pitcher Zack Godley discuss the Diamondbacks’ 4-3 loss to the Cardinals at Chase Field on Wednesday. Richard Morin/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks Chief Baseball Analyst Tony La Russa reflects on his life in baseball during an interview at Chase Field in Phoenix on Wednesday. Tom Tingle/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo updates Yasmany Tomas and A.J. Pollock injuries before Wednesday’s game. Bob McManaman/azcentral sports
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Chris Herrmann hit a walkoff single to lead the Diamondbacks past the Cardinals at Chase Field on Tuesday. Doug Haller/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo discusses his team’s latest comeback, walkoff win in the 10th inning against the Cardinals on Tuesday. Doug Haller/azcentral sports
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The Diamondbacks’ Chris Herrmann batted leadoff for the first time in his career, and he connected for a home run in the first inning in Monday’s 6-1 win.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke needed 102 pitches to get through five innings of a 6-1 win over the Phillies on Monday.
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Manager Torey Lovullo talks about the Diamondbacks’ latest win over the Phillies on Monday at Chase Field. Bob McManaman/azcentral sports
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The Diamondbacks only got five innings out of starter Zack Greinke, but went on to a 6-1 win over the Phillies to close out a four-game home series on Monday.
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Manager Torey Lovullo, right fielder Chris Owings and infielder Daniel Descalso react to the 2-1 win.
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A video recap of the Diamondbacks’ 2-1 win in extra innings over the Phillies on Sunday at Chase Field.
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Diamondbacks starter Robbie Ray on his start against the Phillies on Saturday night.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo speaks with the media following Arizona’s 6-1 loss to the Phillies on Friday at Chase Field.
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Manager Torey Lovullo on the Diamondbacks’ win over the Phillies on Saturday.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo thought his team made a statement with its series victory over the Rockies this week.
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Diamondbacks slugger Paul Goldschmidt talks about his team’s ability to bounce back from a tough loss on Friday.
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Zack Godley talks about the importance of shutdown innings after going seven innings to beat the Rockies on Thursday.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Taijuan Walker threw six innings and his offense did the rest in a 16-4 win at Coors Field on Wednesday.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his team’s 10-run fourth inning against the Rockies on Wednesday night.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo explains why he stuck with Zack Grienke in the eighth inning on Tuesday night.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke talks about how his outing against the Rockies got away from him on Tuesday night at Coors Field.
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Both the Diamondbacks and Rockies overcame deficits in the eighth inning, with Colorado pulling out a 4-3 win on Tuesday.
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azcentral sports’ Greg Moore and Mark Faller discuss the Diamondbacks’ upcoming three-game series against the Rockies and Diana Taurasi becoming the WNBA’s all-time leading scorer.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about the home run Rey Fuentes hit to help beat the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.
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Rey Fuentes’ first career home run was a big one, helping the Diamondbacks beat the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.
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Diamondbacks lefty Robbie Ray talks about why he wasn’t at his best on Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his team’s 5-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday evening. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks third baseman Jake Lamb drove in a run on Saturday to help the Diamondbacks beat the Phillies 5-1. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo discusses his late father’s support and guidance and how that relates to the Diamondbacks’ success this season. David Kadlubowski/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his unusual upbringing, given his father’s job in television with the TV show “Hee Haw.” David Kadlubowski/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his team’s comeback over the Phillies, including Gregor Blanco’s key two-run home run.
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Diamondbacks outfielder Gregor Blanco cracked a game-tying home run in the seventh inning on Friday night.
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Diamondbacks lefty Patrick Corbin beat the Phillies on Friday night, his first road win since June 21, 2016.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about Taijuan Walker’s return from the DL and Randall Delgado’s relief performance in a win over the Tigers.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Taijuan Walker gave up just one run in five innings in his first start back from the disabled list after missing nearly a month with a blister.
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Outfielder David Peralta discusses his go-ahead home run in the Diamondbacks’ wild 7-6 win over the Detroit Tigers. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Torey Lovullo talks about the Diamondbacks’ back-and-forth game against the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks starter Robbie Ray speaks with the media following his team’s 11-1 win over the Brewers on Sunday. Richard Morin/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt speaks with reporters after a 11-1 win over the Brewers on Sunday.
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Diamondbacks starter Zack Godley discusses his performance in Arizona’s 3-2 win on Saturday at Chase Field. Scott Bordow/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo discusses his team’s win over the Brewers on Saturday at home. Scott Bordow/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks starter Randall Delgado reacts to Friday’s loss to the Brewers.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo discusses Friday’s 8-6 loss to the Brewers
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Diamondbacks catcher Chris Iannetta, batting in the No. 2 hole for the first time this season, homered and doubled twice, driving in seven runs in a win over the Padres, June 8, 2017. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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ATLANTA – The Diamondbacks visit here ended with another round of firsts. Their first five-game losing streak. Their first double-digit deficit in the National League West. Zack Godley’s first rough start.
After being beaten soundly by the Atlanta Braves 7-1 on Sunday, the Diamondbacks dressed quietly in the visitors’ clubhouse at SunTrust Park. They had been swept for the second time in the past three series. They had fallen 10 1/2 games back of the surging Los Angeles Dodgers. They had lost for the 11th time in the past 14 games.
And they’d been undone by the type of pitcher that has baffled them all year – a left-hander, this time in the form of Jaime Garica.
“We’re just not clicking on all cylinders right now,” Diamondbacks catcher Jeff Mathis said. “We’ll put it behind us and get back after it on Tuesday.”
From Godley’s perspective, much of it could have been avoided were it not for several early count fastballs he threw to Braves hitters in the early innings.
Ender Inciarte got consecutive fastballs to open the bottom of the first. He shot the second into left for a leadoff single. Brandon Phillips, a thorn in their side all weekend, saw first-pitch fastballs in each of his first two at-bats. He doubled off both.
And the biggest blow came on a first-pitch heater Godley grooved to Matt Kemp with two on in the third, a pitch Kemp drove just beyond the wall in left-center field for a three-run home run.
“I threw pitches that they wanted to swing at, and they wanted to hit instead of pitches that I know I should have thrown,” Godley said. “Their top four hitters are really good at first-pitch fastballs. I threw them first-pitch fastballs. I just tried to establish something that I shouldn’t have, and they took advantage of that opportunity.”
The Braves led 6-1 after the third, at which point Godley said he finally began to throw more early count offspeed pitches. He gave up just one run over his final three innings.
“Just something I should have done earlier in the game,” he said.
It wasn’t the sort of game the Diamondbacks have been losing lately, the coin-flip type where, with another hit or two, they might have come out on top. This time, they managed next-to-nothing offensively. They had just four hits, none for extra bases. They had only two at-bats with a runner in scoring position.
Facing a left-handed starter for the first time since three Dodgers lefties shut them down over three consecutive days earlier this month, the Diamondbacks were again chewed up by a left-hander. Garcia gave up one run on four hits and three walks in seven innings.
They’re hitting just .223 as a team with a .660 OPS off lefties, numbers that rank near the bottom of the majors. It has been a problem, and it remained one on Sunday.
“We couldn’t figure out Jaime Garcia,” manager Torey Lovullo said. “He made some pitches at the right time.”
On June 28, the Diamondbacks were 1 1/2 games back of the Dodgers in the division. They were four games up on the Colorado Rockies for the first wild card and 10 1/2 up for the second wild card.
Now, the Dodgers own the largest lead of any of baseball’s six divisions. The Diamondbacks are just a game ahead of the Rockies. And the Chicago Cubs are lurking 6 1/2 games back.
“Overall, we have been playing really well as a team,” Godley said, “and we just have to get back on track and have somebody go out and throw up that one really good start and turn us around and start back winning.”
Reach Piecoro at (602) 444-8680 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @nickpiecoro.