The Arizona Diamondbacks took a perfectly good game and made a mockery of it during an 11-2 rout of the Reds.
Rookie Sal Romano and Robbie Ray were hooked up in a decent pitching duel when the Diamondbacks solved Romano in a six-run fifth inning. Four doubles, a triple and a walk spelled the end for Romano.
A.J. Pollack and David Peralta doubled to start the onslaught. The dangerous Paul Goldschmidt walked. Jake Lamb hit a triple into the rightfield corner. Tony Cingrani replaced Romano. He got Chris Owings on a fly out to shallow center but Brandon Drury followed with Arizona’s third double. An errant pitched got by catcher Stuart Turner but it bounced back to him in time to throw Drury out at third. Daniel Descalso hit another double Chris Herrmann capped the scoring with his eighth home run.
“He fell behind the first hitter," Bryan Price said.. "There was a double. Peralta hit a double. He was just missing on Goldschmidt. Lamb shot one down the line past Joey. By that time he was done. He made some good pitches. There were two balls hit hard in that inning. Other than that there was a lot of soft contact. It wasn’t as bad as it looked.”
“I think I could have battled through," Romano said. "I always want to be out there, I always want the ball. It was obviously very, very humid out there, something I really haven't gone through this season. There's definitely no excuse for that. I've got to battle out there. The first four innings I was able to make some pitches and get out of some big situations and they made some good plays behind me and keep us in the ballgame. One bad inning just cost us.”
Zack Cozart hit his 10th home run in the second off Ray to get the Reds off to a fast start.
Arizona answered with a sacrifice fly in the third. Romano walked the pitcher, Ray to begin the third. Goldschmidt’s double put the Diamondbacks ahead.
The Diamondbacks had 12 hits, six doubles, a triple and two home runs.
Cozart and Eugenio Suarez tied the game with doubles.
Ray finished strong in his six innings. Rey Fuentes hit a pinch hit, three-run homer off Lisalverto Bonilla to ice the game the Reds fifth straight loss.in the seventh.
Cozart had three of the Reds five hits.
Former Reds' reliever J.J. Hoover pitched two scoreless innings.
“Zack had some good at bats. He hit an inside pitch for the homer. Then two back to back breaking balls he hit to right center. We had some good at bats but it went from a 3-2 game to 9-2, 11-2. It seems like we’ve been in that territory a lot.”
“This has been a really difficult last three years. We’ve really struggled to put together winning streaks. We’ve had a lot of losing streaks. We’ve had a lot of turnover in both the rotstion and the bullpen. The one theme has been rebuilding a pitching staff.”
“From a position players standpoint, those guys go out an bust their tails. It’s hard to dig yourself out. From a pitching standpoint there is that inherent pressure to be the next guy to stand up and do the job. That’s what happen when you lose. What we have to do is what we have done, is stay together.”
“The losing makes for an environment that is a lot more challenging.”
“This is a hard game to play. It takes tough people to play it. We can’t create an environment that is covered in goose down and every thing is going to be a beautiful wonderland. It’s not. It’s an ugly game. It is hard to stay up here. It is hard to perform each day under the scrutiny and the pressure. You have to be one tough S.O.B. to stay here. We’re providing a great opportunity for players to come up here to prove that they’re a tough S.O.B. This game will tell you what you’re all about. It will tear you up from the inside out if you let it. You have to be strong to survive.”