For the first time since the beginning month of April, the Diamondbacks have lost two straight series at Chase Field. Arizona dropped two of three against the first place San Francisco Giants during the middle of the week and then lost the last two days against the Chicago White Sox.
Just as the Giants bullpen was a killer to the Diamondbacks to begin this brief six-game homestand, it was Paul Konerko that hurt the home team in the series over the weekend.
Over the course of Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the hometown boy went 5-for-11, with three home runs and four RBI. His homer yesterday gave his White Sox the one-run lead that they wouldn’t lose and his bomb in the seventh today essentially put the game away for good.
For a man that is 35 years old and is suppose to be in the twilight of his career, it sure doesn’t look like Konerko is slowing down anytime soon.
Konerko wasn’t the only White Sox hitter that had a big series at Chase Field. Coming into this weekend set, Alex Rios was struggling mightily. His batting average was right around the Mendoza line and he had yet to hit a home run away from home.
That all change in this series. In the last two games, Rios went 3-for-8 to raise his average five points and he hits his first two home runs on the road so far in the 2011 campaign. For the sake of a couple of my fantasy teams, hopefully this is a sign of things to come for the outfielder.
Yes, the Diamondbacks pitching staff struggled as I have mentioned against Giants and White Sox batters for the most part, but Arizona’s offense, minus Justin Upton, certainly didn’t help matters.
The D’Backs offense only scored 18 runs in six games on this homestand, which accounts for only three runs a game. You can have the greatest pitching staff in all of baseball, but when you are scoring runs at that poor of a rate, you are going to have a tough game winning ballgames, whether those games be home or away.
The offenses struggles were a total team effort. Stephen Drew was red hot coming into the week, but he could only muster three hits the last six days. Kelly Johnson had only three hits as well, even though Kirk Gibson had him sit out the last two days.
If you want to find a guy that couldn’t hit a lick over the last six days, look no further than Juan Miranda. The starting first baseman didn’t have a single hit in a game on this homestand. Miranda has now gone hitless in his last 12 at-bats while striking out four times.
Paul Goldschmidt anyone?
Despite a 2-4 homestand, the Snakes still find themselves only a half game of the Giants for first place in the National League West. San Francisco has suddenly lost four straight games after losing the finale in Arizona and then just got swept this weekend Oakland against the rival Athletics.
Arizona will have an off day on Monday before heading to Kansas City for a three-game set against the Royals before a three-game series in Detriot against the Tigers. Hopefully the road will be much kinder to the Diamondbacks than Chase Field has been the last week.