By Nick Piecoro | Arizona Republic
The Diamondbacks did not score on Friday night. They had just five batters reach base safely, two of who were erased on double plays. They did not draw a walk and had just three at-bats with a man in scoring position. It was a rough start to a road trip that could prove critical to their chances of reaching October.
The Diamondbacks were shut down by right-hander Anthony DeSclafani in a 3-0 loss at Great American Ball Park, the latest instance in which their offense has been silenced. Four times in the past five games, the Diamondbacks have scored three runs or less.
score five or six runs every game. But given the composition of their lineup – their relative health, track records and season numbers – it seems strange to see them grind through these stretches.
“That’s the part of the game that I don’t understand,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. “Baseball is a hard game. It’s hard to line up the ball and square it up and be consistent. We have very consistent players that sometimes don’t get the job done. That’s just the nature of the game.”