Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo says defensive miscues cost them in a 5-2 loss to the Rockies on Sunday. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks right-hander Taijuan Walker talks about his outing vs. the Rockies at Coors Field on Sunday. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks lefty Patrick Corbin was charged with eight runs in four-plus innings against the Rockies on Saturday night.
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Manager Torey Lovullo didn’t think his team played fundamentally sound in Saturday night’s 9-1 loss to the Colorado Rockies.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke gave up two runs in seven innings in a win over the Rockies on Friday.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo breaks down his team’s win over the Rockies on Friday night.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo on Braden Shipley’s outing and his offense’s struggles vs. Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks right-hander Braden Shipley gave up three runs in four-plus innings against the Nationals on Thursday afternoon. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his team’s inability to come up with a hit in a key situation on Wednesday night, May 3, 2017. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks lefty Robbie Ray had everything working but still came away with a loss on Wednesday night in D.C., May 3, 2017. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said his pitching staff did well to hold the Nationals to three runs on Tuesday night.
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Taijuan Walker didn’t blame a small strike zone for his abbreviated, 4 2/3-inning outing on Tuesday night.
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azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Dan Bickley discuss the Rockets’ explosion against the Spurs and a possible pitching implosion for the Diamondbacks.
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Diamondbacks outfielder A.J. Pollock speaks about the controversial call that went against him in the 10th inning of Arizona’s win over the Rockies on Sunday. Bob McManaman/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks’ Daniel Descalso talks about his two-run, walk-off homer to beat the Rockies in the 13th inning on Sunday. Bob McManaman/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo discusses the team’s strong pitching fueling Arizona’s walk-off win over the Rockies on Sunday. Bob McManaman/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin talks about his strong, scoreless outing against the Rockies in Sunday’s win. Bob McManaman/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks closer Fernando Rodney talks about his outing vs. the Rockies, and says he’ll have no trouble bouncing back from his latest setback. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke talks about his start on Saturday night, in which he allowed three earned runs in six-plus innings vs. the Rockies. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Shelby Miller explains his decision to undergo Tommy John surgery, April 29, 2017. (Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports)
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Manager Torey Lovullo, left-hander Robbie Ray and catcher Chris Iannetta react to the loss.
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Chris Owings talks about the first multi-homer game of his career, and how he’s feeling at the plate after homering three times in the past four games.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Taijuan Walker says his fastball was working well for him on Thursday night.
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Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Shelby Miller says he has a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament and that Tommy John surgery is an option, April 27, 2017. (Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports)
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Diamondbacks closer Fernando Rodney on Wednesday’s blown save against San Diego.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo reacts to the Padres’ comeback win.
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Wednesday night’s game against the Padres drew the smallest crowd in Diamondbacks history.
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Manager Torey Lovullo, first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and left-hander Patrick Corbin react to Tuesday’s win. Sarah McLellan/azcentral sports
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Manager Torey Lovullo, right-hander Zack Greinke and shortstop Chris Owings react to Monday’s home win over the Padres. Sarah McLellan/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks right-hander Shelby Miller did not provide many details on his elbow injury on Monday, but he is planning to receive a second opinion on Tuesday in Los Angeles. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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D-Backs’ Shelby Miller talks about arm injury suffered during the 6-2 loss to the Dodgers, April 23, 2017. (Scott Bordow/azcentral sports)
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David Peralta talks about the Diamondbacks’ offense and his record-setting four doubles Saturday.
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Diamondbacks starter Robbie Ray talks after his team’s 11-5 victory over the Dodgers.
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Manager Torey Lovullo, right-hander Taijuan Walker, shortstop Chris Owings and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt react to the 13-5 win.
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First baseman Paul Goldschmidt says the Diamondbacks couldn’t string together enough hits against the Padres on Thursday night.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his team’s 4-1 loss to the Padres and their 4-6 road trip through San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego.
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Taijuan Walker after loss to Rockies
Patrick Corbin after being roughed up by Rockies
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Zack Greinke on impressive outing vs. Rockies
Manager Torey Lovullo after win over Rockies
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Descalso talks about walk-off home run over Rockies
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Fernando Rodney talks about his latest blown save
Zack Greinke after outing vs. Rockies
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David Peralta on his record-setting night
Robbie Ray reacts to Saturday’s win over the Dodgers
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Paul Goldschmidt on D-Backs’ offense vs. Padres
Manager Torey Lovullo breaks down D-Backs’ loss, road trip
DENVER – If there were a venue in baseball that could be a salve for the Diamondbacks’ offensive issues on the road, it figured Coors Field would be it. The Diamondbacks hoped that, as they have so many times before, they might arrive in Denver in a funk only to leave town as a hot-hitting team.
Instead, their struggles only intensified here over the weekend, raising questions about whether these road woes might plague them throughout the summer. On Sunday, they managed only three hits in a 5-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies.
The Diamondbacks again had trouble getting the ball out of the infield; they hit just two to the outfield on Saturday and had only four on Sunday, a pair of singles and two fly outs. They had just one extra-base hit after the fourth inning on Friday night.
“There’s probably not enough data at this point for me to worry about it,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. “If it was the middle of August, I probably would be a little bit more concerned.”
He is right in believing the sample size is small. But it is growing, and the road funk is costing them games. They finished this trip with a 2-4 record – they’ve lost three consecutive series dating back to the previous weekend, when they dropped two of three to these same Rockies at Chase Field – and are 6-10 this season away from home.
The good news is they’ll be back at Chase on Tuesday. Their next nine games – and 12 of the next 15 – will be at home. But that doesn’t make what happened at Coors Field over the weekend any easier to fathom.
They set club records for fewest hits (18) and lowest average (.189) in a three-game series at Coors Field, a place they’ve been coming to two or three times a year since 1998. The nine runs they scored were the fewest in a three-game set since September 2010.
“I have no idea,” right fielder David Peralta said when asked to explain the home/road splits. “I feel like we do the same thing. We come here early, we work, we do all those things, it’s just not going to the way we want on the road. But we can’t think about that. We just have to keep working and do our thing.”
In 17 games at Chase Field, the Diamondbacks have hit .301 and are averaging 6.5 runs per game. But in 15 road games, they’re hitting .205 and averaging just 3.3 runs.
“We haven’t been able to link at-bats together,” third baseman Jake Lamb said. “And you can’t hit a bunch of solo homers against a team like this. You’ve got to put ABs together, get guys on the bases, especially the way we run the bases. We just weren’t able to do that. We weren’t really playing our game. Against a team like this, the way they’ve been playing, that’s just not going to cut it.”
Their defense didn’t help them on Sunday, either. With two out and the bases empty in the sixth, they made a pair of miscues that led to a three-run inning for the Rockies. After Chris Owings misplayed a ground ball, Peralta tripped and fell in pursuit of a fly ball, and after scrambling to his feet and seemingly getting himself in position to make the play, he lost the ball in the sun.
He said he had his sunglasses on his hat when the play began because, under normal circumstances, he wouldn’t have been looking into the sun for a fly ball.
“If I was looking that way (toward home plate), the sun was over there (to my right),” he said. “But when I fell down and then started looking at the ball, I was looking straight into the sun.”
Rockies right-hander Tyler Chatwood became the latest pitcher to get well against the Diamondbacks, giving up one run in seven innings despite entering the game having allowed four runs or more in five of his six starts.
“Offensively, we’re in a rut right now,” Lovullo said. “We’re grinding. I think Chatwood deserves some credit. He threw the ball very, very well. But I think we’re a better offensive team. It’s just we’re in a little bit of a rut right now, and we’ll find our way out of it.”
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ADDITIONAL READING: Diamondbacks’ bats held in check at Coors Field on Saturday
Tuesday: At Chase Field, 6:40 p.m., Diamondbacks LHP Robbie Ray (2-2, 3.47) vs. Tigers RHP Justin Verlander (2-2, 4.21).
Wednesday: At Chase Field, 6:40 p.m., Diamondbacks RHP Zack Godley (0-0, 3.60) vs. Tigers LHP Matt Boyd (2-2, 3.78).
Thursday: At Chase Field, 6:40 p.m., Diamondbacks RHP Zack Greinke (3-2, 3.09) vs. Pirates RHP Chad Kuhl (1-2, 5.54).