SAN FRANCISCO -- It wasn't going to last forever, this otherworldly offensive output by the Arizona Diamondbacks through the first seven games of the season.After scoring a Majors-best 48 runs through their first seven games, the D-backs' bats came back to earth in a 4-1 loss to the Giants on
SAN FRANCISCO -- It wasn't going to last forever, this otherworldly offensive output by the Arizona Diamondbacks through the first seven games of the season.
After scoring a Majors-best 48 runs through their first seven games, the D-backs' bats came back to earth in a 4-1 loss to the Giants on Monday afternoon at AT&T Park.
"I felt like we were a little dormant at times," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said.
It did seem the D-backs were a little aggressive at the plate as Giants starter Matt Moore was able to get through eight innings on 93 pitches.
"I think at times we had some one-pitch outs where I know that we might not want to take swings on certain pitches at certain times and create quick innings," Lovullo said. "But our offense is very potent. These guys have a really good plan; it just seemed like today it wasn't clicking, we were one step off."
In fairness, too, there was no way they were going to be able to keep hitting .422 with runners in scoring position, a full .101 points ahead of the next-closest team.
And then there was Moore, who allowed just three hits and no walks while striking out five.
"He threw the ball well," D-backs catcher Jeff Mathis said. "We couldn't really get to him today, so you have to tip your cap to him. It was just one of those days."
Moore never allowed the D-backs to stack together any hits.
After he allowed a leadoff single in the second to Jake Lamb, Moore retired the next three hitters.
Following a leadoff homer by Yasmany Tomas in the fifth, Moore struck out back-to-back hitters, allowed a double and then fanned Taijuan Walker to end the threat.
"I feel like our ballclub was a little more equipped to run into some counts, work some pitchers over," Lovullo said. "He made some pitches when he had to. His back was against the wall and you've got to give him some credit."
Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.