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Diamondbacks swept by Blue Jays as offensive struggles continue

Jul 16, 2023; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays right fielder George Springer (4) celebrates hitting a double against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the second inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

In an almost identical fashion to yesterday’s loss, the Arizona Diamondbacks offense struggled, and the bullpen failed to keep the game within striking distance, resulting in a series sweep by the Blue Jays.

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The Diamondbacks jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning due to a fielding error by Kevin Kiermaier, followed by a passed ball in the second. However, their offense remained silent until the ninth inning.

In total, the D-backs accounted for just four hits, compared to the 10 that they put up yesterday. Not to mention, two of their four hits came from Lourdes Gurriel Jr., and both base knocks were cancelled out by a Christian Walker double play.

Besides Gurriel, the Diamondbacks offense went 2-25 at the plate.

Rookie Tommy Henry pitched 4.1 innings to start, allowing just three runs on seven hits. However, he would exit the game with his team trailing 3-2, causing him to pick up his second loss of the season.

The Blue Jays held a 3-2 lead up until the 8th inning, when they blew the whole thing wide open. Two doubles, two base hits, and two walks allowed Toronto to put up a four spot, ultimately putting the game out of reach.

While the Diamondbacks would attempt to mount a comeback in the 9th, it was too little, too late. Despite Ketel Marte delivering a bases-clearing double with two outs, the five-run deficit was too much to overcome, resulting in a 7-5 loss.

Scott McGough is responsible for back-to-back eighth-inning collapses. The 33-year-old will end the series with 1.1 innings of work, allowing six earned runs in that time.

All in all, the Diamondbacks have now lost four games in a row and have been swept twice in July after not suffering a sweep for the first three months of the season.

Meanwhile, the Giants have all of a sudden surpassed Arizona with a five game winning streak. The Diamondbacks are now third in the NL West for the first time since April.

And worst of all, next up for the D-backs is a three-game series against the Braves, who are arguably the hottest team in baseball. This series will begin on Tuesday in Atlanta at 4:20 PM.

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