I Hate Brooms

After beginning the road trip 6-1 the Diamondbacks were now scrambling to find a way to stop the bleeding and somehow salvage one win in the series. On the mound for the Diamondbacks was the newly dominant Yusmeiro Petit who had a one-hitter in his last outing.

Petit had a career best 14 inning scoreless streak going as he started the game today. The streak did not even make it out of the first inning when Petit gave up two runs in the first and a total of four runs over just 4 innings of work.

Clearly this was not the same pitcher as we saw against the Philadelphia Phillies or the Pittsburgh Pirates. I wondered if perhaps Petit can only pitch successfully against teams that start with the same name as his last name. I’ve heard of being specialized but that might just be taking things to the extreme.

The Diamondbacks offense which had been hot throughout this road trip suddenly went silent scoring only 2 runs. Having the bats go silent would have been bad enough but add to that sloppy defensive plays and that is a recipe of disaster.

As the final out was recorded the Nationals walked away with a 9-2 win and more importantly their 8th consecutive win. The Diamondbacks ended the road trip 6-4 which is respectable until you realize that the final three games were all lost.

In the three game series against the Washington the Diamondbacks were outscored 21-10 and were out hit 35-28. The one category the Diamondbacks did excel in was fielding errors. They committed 4 errors in the series three of which occurred in the final game of the series.

This was not exactly the positive ending I was hoping for from this road trip. Instead of being only 6 games below .500 the Diamondbacks are instead 12 games below. Hopefully a 3-game rematch with the New York Mets will help the Diamondbacks get back in a mode of winning before they meet the Los Angeles next weekend.

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