Not much has gone right for the Arizona Diamondbacks this season.
They’ll try to win for just the second time in 11 games when they open a four-game series against the Colorado Rockies at Bank One Ballpark.
Arizona, which has 11 players on the disabled list, became the first team in the majors to reach 100 losses this season when they fell to the San Francisco Giants 5-2 on Sunday. Before this season, the Diamondbacks’ record for losses in a season was 97, set in their inaugural year of 1998.
Alan Zinter hit an RBI ground-rule double in the first inning, and Luis Terrero had a run-scoring single in the second to give Arizona an early 2-0 lead, but the Giants rallied for three runs in the final two innings.
The Diamondbacks are just 2-9 in September and have not won consecutive games since Aug. 27-28.
Colorado had won five of seven before falling to the San Diego Padres 15-2 on Sunday. Jeromy Burnitz hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth to tie the game at 2-all, but the Padres went on to score 12 runs in the ninth inning—the most runs allowed by the Rockies in one inning in franchise history.
“It seemed everything that they hit pretty much fell in a hole,” Colorado catcher Charles Johnson said. “Some of them weren’t bad pitches. They were just finding holes.”
While the Rockies have also endured a disappointing season, they hope that Joe Kennedy can deliver another encouraging start.
Kennedy has pitched into the seventh inning in each of his last four starts, going 2-1 with a 2.63 ERA in that span. The 25-year-old left-hander allowed one run and nine hits over seven innings Wednesday, but he did not get a decision in the Rockies’ 5-3 loss to the San Francisco Giants.
“He pitched well. He was very pitch-efficient,” Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said.