Diamondbacks stroll away with combined feelings after deflating loss to Braves in finale

ATLANTA — Torey Lovullo looked for the phrases to explain the feelings of all the pieces he had simply witnessed. Maybe he was trying to find the feelings themselves. “I am nonetheless making an attempt to unravel it proper now,” Lovullo mentioned as he stood in his workplace at Truist Park, placing the items collectively from a 7-5 Diamondbacks loss to the Braves.

“We have been in place to do our job and win a baseball recreation nevertheless it simply did not occur,” Lovullo mentioned, providing his typical post-loss frustration. However within the subsequent breath, he added that he was “extraordinarily pleased with this complete group.”

His gamers, too, supplied a combined batch of feelings. Dominic Canzone hit the primary dwelling run of his profession, a second that he mentioned he’ll always remember. He additionally referred to as it “undoubtedly not celebratory.” Throughout the clubhouse, Zac Gallen supplied an unhappy tone, specializing in two innings by which the Braves scored three runs, not the 5 by means of which he carried an ideal recreation. “I’ve gotta do a greater job of getting a shutdown inning,” Gallen — the Nationwide League Cy Younger favourite — mentioned.

All of it was comprehensible in each the context of the sport the Diamondbacks performed Thursday and the sequence they performed this week.

Thursday’s contest was a story of two halves. After 5 innings, Gallen was good and Braves ace Spencer Strider had struck out 12 Diamondbacks. It appeared, for a second, that Gallen would possibly flirt with perfection whereas Strider may take purpose on the MLB nine-inning report of 20 strikeouts. That half offered positives for Gallen, even when he mentioned he “did not really feel significantly particular.”

The second half’s positives belonged to the offense. Within the seventh, Canzone took benefit of a uncommon missed location from Strider, pulling a three-run shot into proper discipline. Emmanuel Rivera adopted that up by making it back-to-back and chasing Strider — who narrowly trails Gallen in Cy Younger odds — from the sport.

“We simply stored preventing,” Lovullo mentioned. “We simply stored getting after it and we have been doing our greatest to drive up the pitch rely, get him out of the sport, perhaps fatigue him just a little bit and be prepared for when he made errors.”

The flip facet from the late innings was that, because the Diamondbacks jumped on Strider, the Braves did the identical to Gallen. Orlando Arcia hit a solo shot within the sixth and Matt Olson added a two-run blast within the seventh, making the most of a 3-0 rely.

“Simply fell behind with Olson,” Gallen mentioned. “However I imply, if he nonetheless hits the homer, we’re nonetheless up one so I wasn’t gonna stroll him there and put the tying run on the plate.”

Nonetheless, the Diamondbacks led, 5-3, within the eighth after Corbin Carroll offered insurance coverage with the third longest dwelling run of his profession.

A sequence filled with twists and turns, although, had not had its last chapter. As an alternative, Miguel Castro fell sufferer to a reliever’s deadly flaw. With two outs and one seemingly innocent runner on second base, he walked Ozzie Albies, bringing the potential go-ahead run to the plate. Even worse, that run took the type of Austin Riley, who was 5 for 11 with a double, a triple and three homers within the sequence to that time.

When Castro supplied up a fourth consecutive slider, Riley made no mistake, hitting it out to left-center discipline and giving the Braves a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

“We simply did not execute,” Lovullo mentioned. “That is what it got here all the way down to. That is the underside line. It was 4 consecutive pitches of the identical pace and the identical form to a extremely good hitter in Austin Riley.”

It bore eerie resemblance to final month’s sequence between these groups in Phoenix, when Castro gave up a game-winning grand slam to Eddie Rosario within the ninth.

The distinction is, that recreation misplaced the Diamondbacks a rubber match. This time, the overarching tenor of the sequence was more durable to pinpoint. Sure, the Diamondbacks misplaced a painful finale. Sure, they noticed their bullpen squander one more late lead, masking the unit’s improved ERA in current months.

And but, the Diamondbacks nonetheless walked away with a sequence win over the perfect group in baseball, an offense that has rediscovered its rhythm and a rotation that has continued to construct on current positives. Not dangerous for a group that started Tuesday with a 2-8 report in its earlier 10 video games.

“We performed a extremely good sequence right here and we have been six outs away from sweeping a extremely good baseball group,” Lovullo mentioned. “So I am gonna give attention to that, and I would like the fellows to, as properly.”

Thursday’s Diamondbacks-Braves pitching matchup

Diamondbacks RHP Zac Gallen (11-4, 3.14) vs. Braves RHP Spencer Strider (11-3, 3.66).

Gallen was removed from his typical self Saturday in Toronto, laboring by means of 5 innings and permitting three runs within the course of. He struck out simply 5 batters and walked three, his most since Could 19. … It was a wierd begin for Gallen in one other method, too. All through the sport, his pitch com gadget repeatedly flew off his glove, incomes frustration from Blue Jays’ gamers, most notably Whit Merrifield. … Strider continues to guide baseball in strikeouts by a widemargin, with 176 in 110 2/3 innings pitched. … Despite the fact that he allowed 5 runs in six innings in opposition to the White Sox in his final begin, that recreation was no exception, as Strider fanned 10 Chicago batters. He has reached double-digit strikeouts seven instances in 19 begins. … The weak point in Strider’s recreation has been a propensity to attach with opposing barrels. Whereas he’s elite in almost all metrics, he has allowed 14 dwelling runs on the season and 12 in his final 11 begins.

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Friday: At Cincinnati, 4:10 p.m., Diamondbacks LHP Tommy Henry (5-2, 3.89) vs. Reds RHP Ben Energetic (4-5, 3.83).

Saturday: At Cincinnati, 1:10 p.m., Diamondbacks TBA vs. Reds LHP Brandon Williamson (1-2, 4.96).

Sunday: At Cincinnati, Diamondbacks TBA vs. Reds RHP Luke Weaver (2-2, 7.22).

Author: ZeroToHero