D-backs lose 13th in a row: 'It's perplexing'

Arizona continues to seek answers as it looks to put end to current slide

May 30th, 2021

PHOENIX -- There's no one area of the team that you can point to as a reason for the D-backs' current losing streak, which reached 13 when they fell to the Cardinals, 7-4, on Saturday night at Chase Field.

At times, the bullpen hasn't come through. There was a stretch when the offense couldn't deliver with runners in scoring position. And now, in the past three games against the Cardinals, the starting pitching has put Arizona in early holes that it couldn't quite dig out of.

On Thursday, the D-backs faced an early 4-0 deficit. On Friday, ace Madison Bumgarner gave up four runs in the top of the first inning. On Saturday, the Cardinals scored a run in the first and then put up five in the third against right-hander Seth Frankoff, as they were up, 7-0, before the D-backs got on the board.

"This stinks right now," veteran catcher Stephen Vogt said. "It’s awful. It feels terrible, every moment. But we’re right there, we’re in every game. We’re going to break out very soon. We feel that way every day. Obviously, yeah, when you get put in a hole, it’s tough, but our job is to erase that hole right away. We could do a better job of punching back right away.

"No matter what side of the ball you’re talking about -- whether it’s hitting, defense, pitching -- we need to get better, bottom line. You can’t blame one side or the other."

So far, it seems there hasn't been any fraying or finger-pointing, which can easily happen on teams when this type of losing sets in.

"It’s been tough," left fielder David Peralta said. "The part that hurts the most is this is not the team that we are. We’ve got to do better. I’ve got to do better; I’ve got to do a better job, too. That’s the bottom line. We have to execute better and do all this stuff. We just come every day, prepare ourselves the best we can. We’re grinding, we’re doing our best every day. Things happen, but we’re going to get out of it."

The 13-game losing streak is the longest in the Majors since the Twins dropped 13 in a row from Aug. 18-31, 2016. The D-backs' franchise record for consecutive losses is 14, which occurred from July 9-25, 2004.

The '04 team was well short on talent, and it finished 51-111. This year's version of the D-backs, even with all the injuries they've sustained, is better and seemingly too good for this type of slide.

"We shouldn’t be doing this," Vogt said. "We’re too good. We have too many good players. We’re too close of a group. We have each other’s backs, we’re fighting for each other. Everyone that’s here belongs here and should be here, that’s including the guys who were here throughout this streak. Everybody should be here. That makes it all the more frustrating. You wish you could point and say, 'Well, it’s because of X, Y and Z.' Well, there’s no reason. There’s no reason we can just pinpoint.

"So we have to keep fighting, keep showing up with that expectation that today’s the day we’re going to win and go on a new, different kind of streak. It's perplexing. We’re frustrated, and we’re doing everything we know how to do to solve this problem. Bottom line is, we have to go win a game. Hopefully, we can do that tomorrow."