Diamondbacks fall again, say they haven’t packed it in

Cubs infielder Javier Baez fist-bumps third-base coach Brian Butterfield after hitting a two-run home run against the Diamondbacks in Phoenix. /Christian Petersen /Getty Images


By Nick Piecoro | Arizona Republic

Diamondbacks catcher Jeff Mathis understands how things might have looked from the outside on Tuesday night – and how things have looked for the better part of the past month. He can see why some might conclude that the Diamondbacks have packed it in. He just doesn’t believe the perception is the reality.

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“It doesn’t look good,” he said. “But I can firmly tell you from the way I feel that’s not the case. There’s nobody in here that’s rolled over. That’s not the way we go about it.”

The Diamondbacks were pancaked on Tuesday night by the Chicago Cubs, losing 9-1 in a game that at no point felt competitive. Right-hander Matt Andriese, on a limited pitch count to begin with, threw poorly in two innings. The offense was nonexistent. The defense committed key mistakes. In short, it was a performance much like many of the previous 25.

BOX SCORE:  Cubs 9, Diamondbacks 1

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September 2018