The Arizona Diamondbacks extend their season-long losing streak to six games following a three-game sweep to the hands of the Miami Marlins.
Six games ago the Diamondbacks were sitting at 12-12 and at the top of the National League West standings. Fast forward a week and the Diamondbacks are 12-18, following a season-worst six game losing streak. The Miami Marlins completed their three-game sweep of the Diamondbacks on Thursday night with a 4-0 victory. It was the second consecutive series the Diamondbacks were swept in, following a three-game sweep at home against the Rockies over the weekend.
The Diamondbacks were outscored 15-7 in the series against the Marlins and they only mustered five hits in the series finale on Thursday. The offense was completely shutdown by the Marlins bullpen in the series as the Miami bullpen pitched 10.2 scoreless innings over the three games.
Paul Goldschmidt‘s struggles continued at the plate as he went 0-for-4 on Thursday to lower his batting average to .232.
The main knack at the Diamondbacks all year has been their lack of pitching, but on Thursday Robbie Ray only gave up two runs over 5.1 innings to “lower” his ERA from 4.97 to 4.70. Sadly, his 4.70 ERA is the second lowest of the five Diamondbacks starters, trailing just Rubby De La Rosa who has a 4.60 ERA.
The victory for the Marlins on Thursday was their 10th victory in their last 11 games, as they have been clicking on all cylinders over the past two weeks. The Marlins improved to 15-12 with the victory as well and put them three games over .500 for the first time since June 2014. Christian Yelich hit a two-run bomb to double the Marlins 2-0 lead to 4-0 in the bottom of the 8th inning.
Adam Conley started the game for the Marlins on Thursday. Conley went 7.2 innings of no-hit ball in his last start against the Brewers. Conley then added onto his hitless streak before finally giving up a base hit with two outs in the fourth inning. In the end, Conley set a franchise record for a hitless streak at 11.1 innings.
Arizona will be back in action on Friday night when they continue their road-trip with three games in Atlanta against the Braves. First pitch will be at 4:35 p.m. and Zack Greinke will be the starting pitcher for the Diamondbacks against Aaron Blair.