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Diamondbacks struggle post All-Star break, lose two in a row

Jul 15, 2023; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays catcher Alejandro Kirk (30) celebrates after hitting a RBI double against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the second inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Diamondbacks have come out of the All-Star break with back-to-back losses to the Toronto Blue Jays. Once again, the offense produced just two runs of offense, and the bullpen could not keep the game close down the stretch.

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D-backs ace Zac Gallen could not deliver the desperately needed spark as he was chased out of the game after just five innings of work. In those five innings, Gallen allowed three earned runs on six hits and three walks. Ultimately, Gallen picked up his fourth loss of the season once he exited with the Diamondbacks trailing 3-2.

While the D-backs did record ten hits, the majority of which came from Geraldo Perdomo and Carson Kelly, there was just one extra base hit, which made it extremely hard to produce any sort of offense.

Nine singles and a handful of runners left on base caused the D-backs to go scoreless after a 2-run 4th inning that tied the game at two.

Meanwhile, as seen in the first game of the series, the Diamondbacks bullpen could not manage to keep the game within striking distance.

In an inning that began with a Bo Bichette solo home run, Scott McGough in relief allowed two runs in the eighth inning, causing the Blue Jays to increase their lead to three runs heading into the ninth.

The Diamondbacks 2-4 hitters (Ketel Marte, Corbin Carroll, and Christian Walker) combined for an 0-12 afternoon. This lack of production allowed Geraldo Perdomo’s three hits in the leadoff spot to go to waste.

With this loss, the Diamondbacks are now 1.5 games behind the Dodgers for first place in the NL West. Additionally, they hold a small one-game lead over the Brewers for a wild-card spot.

It will be rookie Tommy Henry on the mound for Arizona tomorrow. First pitch is scheduled for 10:37 AM as the Diamondbacks hope to avoid the sweep.

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