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Pfaadt’s Strong Start Not Enough: D-backs Lose to Cubs 5-3

Apr 17, 2024; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Justin Martinez (63) throws in the ninth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Wrapping up a three-game series, the Arizona Diamondbacks fell to the Chicago Cubs with a final score of 5-3 on Wednesday afternoon.

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Ketel Marte, last night’s hero with a game-tying 9th inning home run, started strong with a homer into the left field seats. This brought his season total to five home runs, tying him for the team lead.

However, after Marte’s solo shot, the Diamondbacks‘ offense quieted down, managing only two more runs for the remainder of the afternoon, including a Joc Pederson solo homer in the ninth.

The Diamondbacks had several chances to score. In the 3rd inning, they left runners on first and second with nobody out, and in the 5th and 6th innings, they stranded a runner on second with just one out.

Defensive errors also plagued the team. Eugenio Suarez, in particular, committed two throwing errors that contributed to two or possibly three runs for Chicago.

Postgame, Suarez addressed the errors, apologizing to his team: “Today, I didn’t help my teammates. I didn’t help the pitchers and my team. And I’m very sad. I feel bad, I feel angry. I promise you guys, that’s not gonna happen again.”

Fighting through these mistakes, Brandon Pfaadt had his 2nd quality start of the season as he allowed just two runs in seven innings.

After Pfaadt’s exit, Joe Mantiply surrendered three runs—two earned—giving the Cubs a 5-2 lead.

The Diamondbacks will now begin a 10-game road trip, starting Thursday against the San Francisco Giants.


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