The Arizona Diamondbacks will finish with their worst record in franchise history. Now they’re trying to avoid becoming one of the worst teams in major league history.
The Diamondbacks will try to win consecutive games for just the fourth time since the All-Star break when they meet the Milwaukee Brewers in the middle game of their series at Bank One Ballpark.
Arizona has already shattered its previous record for losses in a season, having dropped 97 during its inaugural 1998 season. With two more losses, the Diamondbacks will be tied for the eighth-most in a single season in major league history.
Arizona had lost six straight before taking Monday’s series opener 3-1.
Brandon Webb will now try to follow Johnson’s strong outing with one of his own.
Webb, who was 10-9 with a 2.84 ERA as a rookie last season, has had trouble matching the success of his first year in the majors. The 25-year-old right-hander has been inconsistent throughout the season and is winless over his past four starts, going 0-2 with a 4.91 ERA.
Webb allowed three runs and seven hits over six innings Thursday in a 7-1 loss to Colorado.
“I was off a little bit mechanically,” Webb said. “It took four or five innings to gather myself.”
Chad Moeller ended an 0-for-13 skid in the second inning Monday with an RBI double for the Brewers, who have lost 11 of their last 13.