On Sunday, September 9th, the Arizona Sports scene had a tough day from top to bottom.
If you take out Arizona State’s impressive upset over Michigan State on Saturday, the entire weekend for Arizona Sports was tough. The Arizona Wildcats continued their slide on Saturday with a loss to Houston and the Arizona Diamondbacks dropped a one-run game to the Atlanta Braves. Then on Sunday, things went completely off the rails with three crummy Arizona Sports’ storylines.
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To start, the D-Backs lost again on Sunday, this time coming in agonizing fashion. Up 4-3 heading into the ninth inning, all the team needed was three outs and they would have escaped with a series split against Atlanta. Instead, closer Brad Boxberger allowed one of Arizona’s former players, Ender Inciarte, to spoil the day with a three-run home run. With only one out in the ninth and their lead gone, the D-Backs turned to Yoan Lopez who allowed two more home runs. It was the first-ever MLB appearance for Lopez and he didn’t even record an out before getting yanked. By game’s end, Arizona had fallen 2.5 games out of the NL West race after a 9-5 loss.
On top of that, the Arizona Cardinals had a disappointing start to their 2018 season. They lost 24-6 to Washington, picking up their only score when the game was already out of hand. Sam Bradford struggled in his first game with Arizona, and although it wasn’t all his fault, the Josh Rosen chatter is almost certainly going to pick up from here on out. Washington doubled the Cardinals in first downs (30 to 14) and total yards (429 to 213) while dominating time of possession (38:08 to 21:52).
And if those two games weren’t bad enough, word came down that the state’s most exciting basketball player, Devin Booker, would be missing an extended period of time due to surgery.
It’s hard to say where things go from here, but the first matter of business is the Diamondbacks. They need to get things going because the playoffs are still an option. With that said, they have a tough schedule ahead of them and the way they’re currently playing just isn’t good enough.
As for the Cardinals, I firmly believe they’ll figure things out and be better than they were in Week 1. Let’s not forget that this was Bradford’s first real game with his new team, receivers, and coaches.
With Booker, we’ve just gotta hope that he doesn’t miss any regular season games.