Arizona Diamondbacks Notes: Missed Opportunities Proved Costly In Loss

The Arizona Diamondbacks offense left to many runners on base Sunday afternoon and lost to the Pirates.

Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman crushed two home runs but the offense failed to get a big hit and eventually lost 4-3 in 10 innings to the Pittsburgh Pirates. 

Goldschmidt hit home runs eight and nine on the season and has now homered in three of his last four at-bats. "America's first baseman" hit a two-run home run to left center field. The long ball plated A.J. Pollock and gave the Diamondbacks a 2-1 lead. 

With Arizona down 4-2 in the fifth, Goldschmidt came to the plate and deposited a 1-1 two-seamer from Pirates starter Ivan Nova to center off his hits total graphic on the DBTV board. The home run was officially estimated at 453 feet. The blast had an exit velocity of 112.4 mph and a 34-degree launch angle per Statcast. The homer had a hang time of more than six seconds and was Goldschmidt's hardest home run of the three-season Statcast era.  

"It was a pretty impressive shot," Lovullo said about the second home run. "In this game, you have some 'wow' moments and for me that was definitely a 'wow' moment. He hit it off the Jumbotron and that's a long way. I keep saying that nothing he does surprises me. This just adds something to the list."

Unfortunately, Goldschmidt's two long balls were not enough for a series win. The Diamondbacks had 14 hits but they left 15 runners on base and went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position. Arizona left the bases loaded three times and only mustered one run, a bases-loaded walk to catcher Jeff Mathis that tied the game in the eighth. The Diamondbacks did not get a hit but former Diamondback Daniel Hudson and Wade LeBlanc combined to walk four in the inning. 

The bullpen has been solid over their last 12 games, but the offense's inability to break the game open eventually allowed the Pirates to take the lead in the tenth. After getting the first two outs, Diamondbacks reliever Tom Wilhelmsen issued a 2-out walk and Jose Osuna made him pay with a two-run home run over the home run porch. The home run was Osuna's first and only hit of the series. 

After Pollock went down with an injury running to first base after a single in the bottom half of the tenth, field manager Torey Lovullo asked Zack Greinke to pinch run and Patrick Corbin to pinch hit. Corbin struck out looking and Jake Lamb grounded out to second with a runner on third to end the game. 

The Pirates earned a split of the four-game series after Arizona won games one and two. Arizona starter Robbie Ray lasted just four innings. He threw 76 pitches to get nine outs. The southpaw threw just 54 of his 88 pitches for strikes and had a handful of full counts. 

Lovullo said it was a tough day for the offense. 

"It was a tough way to lose a ballgame," Lovullo said. "We battled all day long. I thought we had a number of moments built inside this game. We just couldn't close the deal in a couple of key situations. And that went all the way to the final out of the game."

Game Essentials

WP: Watson (2-0)

LP: Wilhelmsen (0-1)

Home runs: Goldschmidt (9, 10), McCutchen (6), Bell (7), Osuna (2) 

T: 4:08 

Att: 34,088

Cycle in Reno

Reno Aces first baseman Christian Walker completed the third cycle in franchise history with a double, part of a six-run comeback victory by Reno over New Orleans. Walker finished 4-for-6 with 5 RBI. 

Reno, Double-A Jackson and Class-A Visalia all lost on Mothers Day. Kane County was off. On Saturday, the Cougars and Jackson won and Visalia lost 2-1 

Up Next

The Diamondbacks conclude the nine-game homestand with a three-game series against the New York Mets. Game one is Monday night at 6:40 p.m. Look for RHP Zack Godley (1-0, 2.25 ERA) to oppose RHP Zack Wheeler (2-2, 4.18 ERA). 

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