It’s Like Déjà Vu All Over Again

The Arizona Diamondbacks came into San Francisco mired in a 1-8 slide having been swept by the Atlanta Braves, the Philadelphia Phillies, and losing two of three to the Houston Astros.  Nothing was going well for the snakes other than the fact that they had won the only game of the road trip just before arriving in town.

After a much needed day off, the team received more bad news when slugger Mark Reynolds came down with the flu and would miss the first two games of the Giants series.  Already without the services of right fielder and all-star Justin Upton, it didn’t look good.

The one positive thing of note was that Arizona had their ace Dan Haren on the mound for game one.  Haren has struggled since his all-star appearance in St. Louis but looked good in the seven innings he pitched.  He allowed only two runs on six hits and left the game with the score tied.

Reliever Jon Rauch entered the game.  Since May Rauch has been the Diamondbacks most consistent reliever.  He looked to keep the Giants in check and hope the offense could score in the ninth inning. Instead Rauch gave up a three-run home run to Ishikawa and handed San Francisco a victory.

Game two of the Giants series saw Doug Davis take the mound for the Diamondbacks.  Although his record may look pedestrian, he has pitched well all season and pitched a gem holding the Giants to four hits when he left the game in the eighth inning.

Closer Chad Qualls came in with two outs in the eighth and like Jon Rauch the night before gave up a three run home run this time to pinch hitter Benji Molina to had the Giants their second straight victory.

These two games are indicative of the kind of season the Diamondbacks have had.  They cannot seem to find a combination of starting pitching, relief appearances, and offense that can be consistent night in and night out.  There are some nights that starting pitching is lights out only to see that the Diamondbacks offense is non-existent.

There are other nights when the Diamondbacks bats score runs in bunches only to see the pitching staff give up hit after hit erasing all of the production that the snakes brought to the plate.  It is baffling to watch and has left fans, coaches, and the front office staff scratching their collective heads trying to figure out what to do next.

Each night you go to the ballpark and wonder which piece is going to break down during this game.  It is a frustrating feeling.  At least with the team on the road we aren’t subjected to the massive amounts of boos raining from the stands voicing the fans displeasure.  This weekend I am not sure the Diamondbacks will be so lucky.

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