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Diamondbacks Forfeit 6-Run Lead in Loss to Braves

Apr 6, 2024; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Braves left fielder Jarred Kelenic (24) celebrates after a double against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the eighth inning at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Last season, the Diamondbacks’ late-game heroics earned them the nickname “Answerbacks,” a hallmark of their rise to become one of baseball’s elite teams.

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However, in the early part of 2024, their knack for comebacks has been absent, as they have now found themselves on the losing end of such turnarounds.

In an attempt to even the series against Atlanta, the Diamondbacks mounted a six-run 1st inning, making it seem as if they were hungry for payback from their back-to-back losses in extra inning.

Yet, somehow, despite the six-run lead, the D-backs suffered their third straight loss by a one-run deficit as the Braves went on to win 9-8.

In the final four innings of the loss, Arizona’s offense managed just one runner in scoring position. A staggering seven of their twelve hits occurred in the first inning, with five before an out was recorded.

Conversely, the bullpen’s early-season woes persisted, with Bryce Jarvis and Luis Frias each surrendering two runs, paving the way for Atlanta’s comeback in the 7th and 8th innings.

The Braves‘ hitters amassed 15 hits, primarily thanks to the core lineup: Austin Riley, Matt Olson, Marcell Ozuna, and Michael Harris II, who collectively went 10-18, driving in seven runs.

On the bright side for Arizona, Ketel Marte has looked excellent so far this season. Marking his 2nd consecutive leadoff home run, Marte launched a ball 461-feet on the 2nd pitch of the ballgame.

The Diamondbacks will look to avoid a series sweep tomorrow morning at 10:35 am. 

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