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Arizona0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 371
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  W: L. Castillo (15-6)   L: M. Leake (2-3)   S: R. Iglesias (30)
6:40 PM PT7:40 PM MT8:40 PM CT9:40 PM ET21:40 ET1:40 GMT9:40 6:40 PM MST8:40 PM EST9:10 PM VEN5:40 UAE (+1)8:40 PM CT, September 13, 2019
Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona  Attendance: 35,158

Reeling D-backs look to rebound against Reds

According to STATS
According to STATS

Cincinnati Reds at Arizona Diamondbacks

  1. The Reds avoided a sweep to the Mariners last night with an 11-5 win last night, hitting three home runs. This month, 61.2 percent of Cincinnati's runs have come via the home run, third in MLB.
  2. After winning 11 of 12 games, Arizona has lost five straight, getting swept in four games to the Mets. The D-Backs averaged 5.7 runs during their 12-game run, but have averaged just 1.4 runs in their last five, batting .171 as a team.
  3. These two teams met earlier this month in which Joey Votto went 4-for-9 with four walks in the three-game series. Votto has hit .354 with a 1.032 OPS in his career against Arizona. That batting average is the highest by any active player (minimum 200 PA) and his OPS is second behind Freddie Freeman (1.062).
  4. Freddy Galvis hit a grand slam earlier this season with the Blue Jays and hit one last night with the Reds. He is the first player in MLB history to hit a grand slam as a shortstop for two different teams in the same season.
  5. Ketel Marte is one of two qualified players this season to hit at least .325 against both left-handed and right-handed pitching (hitting .329 versus RHP, .325 versus LHP), along with Washington's Anthony Rendon. The only player in D-Backs history to do this in a full season is Luis Gonzalez in 1999.
  6. Eugenio Suarez hit his 45th home run last night, most by any Cincinnati third baseman in franchise history. The last third baseman to hit as many was Alex Rodriguez in 2007 (54).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/13/2019 thru 9/15/2019

After a disastrous visit to New York, the Arizona Diamondbacks return home Friday facing an uphill climb for a National League wild-card berth.

The Diamondbacks were outscored 26-4 while losing four straight to the Mets and are 3 1/2 games behind both the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers for the second NL wild-card spot. Arizona, which begins a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds in Phoenix on Friday, would have to climb over four teams to make the wild-card game.

"We came in feeling very good about ourselves and got socked in the face," Arizona manager Torey Lovullo told reporters after an 11-1 loss Thursday. "We were trying to take too big a piece of the pie instead of doing what you can to be the best version of yourself."

Arizona right-hander Mike Leake (11-10, 4.64 ERA) is scheduled to face Reds right-hander Luis Castillo (14-6, 3.21 ERA) in the series opener. The Diamondbacks took two of three in Cincinnati last weekend, but a 4-3 walk-off loss Sunday started their current five-game skid.

The Mets' sweep was a dramatic about-face for the Diamondbacks, who after winning 11 of 13 were only 1 1/2 games behind the Cubs and ahead of the other contenders for the second wild-card spot. But the Mets, Milwaukee and Philadelphia Phillies leap-frogged Arizona in the last four days.

"We're a hungry baseball team right now and, at times, where you're a little bit too hungry, you get a little bit too restless," Lovullo said. "We've got to get back in that comfort zone and execute."

The Diamondbacks had 24 hits, were 3-for-24 with runners in scoring position and got only 15 1/3 innings out of their starting pitchers against the Mets. They have scored seven runs during the five-game losing streak.

Arizona can point to a favorable schedule the rest of the way. It plays 12 of the final 15 at home, and NL Central leader St. Louis is the only remaining opponent with a winning record.

The Diamondbacks' skid began in Cincinnati, when Eugenio Suarez hit a game-tying homer in the eighth inning Sunday and pitcher/outfielder Michael Lorenzen had a pinch-hit, walk-off double in the ninth.

"I think I'm going to be more opportunistic to get him out there, but I don't want to force it too much, either," Reds manager David Bell told reporters about using the versatile Lorenzen down the stretch. "It's still September for him, and we've asked a lot of him, so I just want to be smart about it for him."

Suarez hit his 45h homer in the Reds' 11-5 victory over the Mariners in Seattle on Thursday, and Joey Votto had his second double in as many games. He is the seventh active player with 400 doubles.

Leake gave up seven hits and two runs in 6 1/3 innings in Cincinnati on Sunday but the bullpen could not hold a 3-2 lead. He is still looking for his first victory against the Reds, who made him the eighth overall pick in the 2009 draft. Leake is 0-5 with a 4.53 ERA in nine career starts against them.

Castillo gave up three hits and two runs in a 2-0 loss to the Diamondbacks on Saturday while striking out 10. He is 1-4 with a 4.35 ERA in five career starts against Arizona.

Castillo is tied with Arizona's Robbie Ray for fifth in the NL with 208 strikeouts.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 13, 2019

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