A lack of timely hitting and another massive, late-inning bullpen meltdown handed the Marlins victory in the first game of the series in Miami on Tuesday night.
Though it started off a bit rocky, in the end, Riley Smith provided a perfectly acceptable start, filling in for the injured Taylor Widener. J.B. Bukauskas and Taylor Clarke did their part pitching out of the bullpen. Arizona’s offense took a while to get going. Once it did, it still had issues with getting the timely hit. It was the combined failures of Arizona’s defense and late-inning bullpen that cost the Snakes this one, allowing six runs (all earned) on seven hits, a walk, and an error in just one inning.
Teams allowing six runs to score in the eighth inning are not going to win many contests. It took the combined efforts of Kevin Ginkel and Alex Young to get the Diamondbacks out of the eighth inning in Miami on Tuesday. The pair allowed six earned runs on seven hits, one of which left the yard.
After failing to score with the bases loaded and nobody out in the top of the eighth, Arizona’s struggles in the inning continued with Kevin Ginkel and Alex Young allowing six earned runs in the bottom of the frame.
Christian Walker and Tim Locastro have both been activated from the IL. The returns of these two players should help Arizona’s offense, which has been having to find success in some of the most unlikely places.
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