Lance Cormier hopes his second major league start goes significantly better than his debut last month. He’d also like to help the Arizona Diamondbacks end the longest losing streak in franchise history.
Cormier will try to help the Diamondbacks end their 12-game slide when they continue their series with the visiting Colorado Rockies.
Cormier was called up from Triple-A Tucson to make a start against Tampa Bay on June 19. The 23-year-old right-hander recorded only four outs, surrendering seven runs and six hits, including a two-run homer to Tino Martinez, in an 11-4 loss.
Cormier was optioned back to Tucson the next day.
“Obviously I didn’t do my job to stay here,” he said. “I got the first start over with. That’s always a good thing. I fell behind hitters and had to go over the middle of the plate and Major League hitters are going to hit it.”
The Diamondbacks appeared to be on course to end their skid Friday as left-hander Casey Fossum took a no-hitter into the seventh inning. However, Vinny Castilla blasted a two-run homer in the seventh, and Colorado pulled away for an easy 8-2 win.
Jeromy Burnitz hit another two-run homer later in the inning, a 445-foot drive into a picnic area between decks, which gave Colorado a 4-1 lead.
Todd Helton hit an RBI single in the eighth, and Castilla added a two-run homer off Mike Koplove to reach 20 homers for the eighth time in his career. Castilla has 25 of his 30 multihomer games with Colorado, including two this year.
The Diamondbacks have lost nine straight home games, also a team record, and have the worst record in the league.
Arizona, which has lost 28 of its last 32 games, lost 11 in a row from June 18-29 to set the previous franchise mark.