Diamondbacks struggle to find success

By Hector Ibanez

Another season of Arizona Diamondbacks baseball began when they traveled to Sydney, Australia to take on the Los Angeles Dodgers in Major League Baseball’s Opening Series event. The games took place March 22-23 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

“The Diamondbacks take great pride in promoting our brand, as well as the great sport, globally. Being at the forefront of spreading international goodwill on this prominent stage is a feat that we enthusiastically embrace and accept.” said Diamondback’s President and CEO Derrick Hall in a press release.

In the first game, Arizona opened the season with a 3-1 loss on March 22 and 7-5 on March 23. The two-game series drew a total of 76,345 fans.

With their record at 0-4, the D-Backs returned home to take on the San Francisco Giants. The starting pitchers in the game were Jean Machi for the Giants and Bronson Arroyo for Arizona.

During the game, the Diamondbacks jumped to a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning when Gerardo Parra scored a two-run RBI single to right field and Aaron Hill hits a line drive to right field and allowed Chris Owings and the aforementioned Parra to extend their advantage.

After each team scored 1 run in the seventh inning, the San Francisco Giants went off in the eighth. They scored 5 runs as Hector Sanchez hit a double to right field allowing Gerardo Parra and Hunter Pence to score.

The Diamondbacks weren’t able to recover after the onslaught of runs from the Giants as they lost 8-5.

Giants’ Tim Lincecum pitched 6 innings and allowed 8 hits and 4 runs to score.

Arroyo pitched 4 innings and allowed 5 hits and 2 runs.

“I just didn’t have a good Spring Training as far as getting built up innings-wise,” Arroyo said. “I was going max effort today with so many lefties in the lineup, and I felt a little gassed when we got there. I just told [Gibson] I felt OK, but I thought Oliver had a better shot at getting those two [guys] out to keep us in the ballgame.” said Bronson Arroyo in an interview with MLB.com’s Barry M. Bloom.

On the bright side, Diamondbacks’ Paul Goldschmidt extended his hitting streak to 25 consecutive games when he hit a homerun in the game. The hitting streak dates back to September 10. It is the second longest feat in the team’s history behind Luis Gonzalez’s 30 game hitting streak.

Since the game against the Giants from April 3, Arizona has gone on to win only 3 games and lost 6.

The diamondbacks have been outscored 50-38 in those games and have been averaging 4 runs per game.

With their record currently standing at 4-11, the Diamondbacks will have their work cut out for them as they will attempt to dig themselves out of this slump.

Despite the Diamondbacks recent struggles, the team will find a way to overcome the slump they are in and begin winning again.