D-backs dealt another frustrating loss

Godley tagged for four runs in five innings, while offense can't get going

September 4th, 2018

PHOENIX -- After three heartbreaking losses to the Dodgers over the weekend in Los Angeles, the D-backs returned home to Chase Field, hoping that a two-game series with the last-place Padres would get them back on track.
Instead, things got worse as they dropped their fourth straight, 6-2, on Monday night.
The D-backs remained in third place in the National League West and trail first-place Colorado by 1 1/2 games and the second-place Dodgers by a game.
was a one-man wrecking crew for the Padres, as he hit a pair of home runs and drove home four runs.

It was the kind of offensive performance the D-backs have been looking to get from one of their own for a while now. Over their past eight games, six of which have been losses, the D-backs have scored just 14 runs.
"Obviously it's not ideal the way we've been swinging the bats," Arizona catcher Alex Avila said. "But you can't let that overtake you and cloud your mind on a daily basis. It's just a matter of time. There will be a day that we'll break out of it and we'll get a W and hopefully, that's tomorrow."
The D-backs need to hope it is, because after Tuesday's game with the Padres, the D-backs will play their next 17 games against teams that are currently in first place.
Things started off well enough for the offense when it pushed across a run in the first against (1-3).
Meanwhile, Arizona starter (14-8) took just eight pitches to retire the Padres in order in the first.
The game turned in the second, though, when Godley inexplicably lost a feel for the strike zone and walked the first two batters of the inning before Reyes homered to right-center for a 3-1 Padres lead.
"I lost my focus for the first three hitters of the second inning and they made me pay for it," Godley said.
Why did he think that happened?
"I'm not sure, honestly," he said. "Just trying to throw strikes and the first two guys, I couldn't, and then even to Reyes that pitch was a ball, I think, that he hit. It's just one of those things where after [pitching coach Mike Butcher] came out and said a couple of things to me and what he said made sense to me and it got me right back to where I needed to be and I went on to do what I did the next few innings."

By that point, it was too late, as the Padres managed to tack on a couple of runs late and the D-backs' offense remained quiet outside of a run in the eighth.
Oh so close: The D-backs have been looking for one big inning to snap them out of their funk offensively and they thought they might be in the midst of one in the eighth. With two outs, a run already in and runners at first and third, hit a line drive that seemed destined to get through the infield, but Padres first baseman made a diving catch to end the inning.

"That's certainly a spot right there where you get that ball by Hosmer and it's probably first and third and two outs and you've got the tying run coming up to home plate," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. "It just didn't happen. Our guys are grinding and they need little breaks to happen and that would have been a nice one."
"This is a group of guys that have done it before, they've done it this year at times. It just hasn't obviously been as consistent as we've seen it." -- Lovullo, on the offense
The D-backs close out the two-game set with the Padres on Tuesday night with Robbie Ray (4-2, 4.55 ERA) on the mound. Ray has allowed three runs or fewer in each of his last five starts. He beat the Dodgers in his last start when he allowed two runs over 5 1/3 innings and struck out nine. The Padres will counter with Joey Lucchesi (7-5, 3.59), with first pitch sets for 6:40 p.m. MST.