Colorado (39-56) at Arizona (31-66)

  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Fri Jul 23, 2004
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The Arizona Diamondbacks can’t figure out how to end their recent slump.

Arizona will try to avoid extending the worst losing streak in franchise history when it meets the Colorado Rockies in the opener of a three-game series at Bank One Ballpark.

For the second time this season, the Diamondbacks have lost a club-record 11 straight games. They also did it from June 18-29. Before this season, the record was eight consecutive losses.

“We’ve had eight million meetings, and guys saying all kinds of different things,” Arizona catcher Brent Mayne said. “I don’t know how to get out of it. Nobody does. You’ve just got to keep playing hard.”

The Diamondbacks, who have the worst record in the majors, have lost 27 of their last 31. They fell to 0-8 since the All-Star break with a 10-3 loss to Houston on Thursday.

“My patience is always going to be there,” said Diamondbacks manager Al Pedrique, who is 2-16 since replacing Bob Brenly on July 2. “I know what I’ve got to work with. I’m not going to throw in the towel. I’m not going to quit. I hope my players will do the same.”

The Rockies have dropped three of their last four, including a 4-2 loss to the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday.

Aaron Cook pitched seven strong innings, but relief pitcher Tim Harikkala allowed a two-run homer to Milton Bradley in the eighth.

“That’s what makes it difficult to swallow at times,” Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. “This ballclub we played today, you know they’re going to pitch. And when you get a lead late, you’ve got to find a way to put it away.”

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44 BB 63
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