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Diamondbacks Stumble in High-Scoring Series Opener Against Cardinals

Apr 12, 2024; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Masyn Winn (0) scores a run against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the second inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Diamondbacks’ pitching staff allowed 14 hits in a high-scoring 9-6 loss to open their three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals.

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Diverging from their usual form this season, the Diamondbacks quickly fell behind as starter Brandon Pfaadt struggled in his third start of the year. In the first inning, Nolan Arenado blasted a 425-foot home run into the left field bleachers, quickly putting St. Louis up by three.

Pfaadt’s night ended after he conceded six earned runs on seven hits across six innings, pushing his season ERA to 6.48.

Trailing by six runs entering the bottom of the 5th, Arizona began to live up to their “answerbacks” nickname in a rally that started with Blaze Alexander reaching on a throwing error.

The Diamondbacks picked up four hits in the 5th inning, including a Eugenio Suarez three-run bomb to tie things up.

 

Despite the offensive surge, Arizona’s bullpen struggles continued, effectively negating their comeback efforts. Former Diamondback Paul Goldschmidt struck a particularly painful blow with a triple in the 7th inning off Joe Mantiply, he later scored to restore the lead for St. Louis.

The Cardinals widened their lead with two more runs in the 8th inning off Scott McGough.

Additionally, Arizona’s offense failed to generate any other production outside of their 5th inning rally.

Looking to bounce back, the Diamondbacks will host the Cardinals in the second game of the series tomorrow at 5:10 PM, with Ryne Nelson slated to pitch.

 

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