The Arizona Diamondbacks are having a rough season on the road. On Tuesday, they blew a 7-0 lead to fall 9-8 to the San Francisco Giants, their 11th straight loss overall and their 21st straight on the road. On Wednesday, they fell 13-7 to the Giants, and tied a modern-era MLB record (also held by the 1943 Philadelphia Athletics and the 1963 New York Mets) with 22 consecutive road losses. And on Thursday, they took sole possession of that record, falling 10-3 for their 23rd straight road loss. Here’s more on that from R.J. Anderson at CBS Sports:
The D-Backs’ most recent road victory came on April 25 against the Atlanta Braves. That game was memorable for other reasons, as it was the contest in which Madison Bumgarner threw an unofficial no-hitter. (MLB doesn’t recognize no-nos thrown as part of seven-inning doubleheaders to be legitimate no-hitters.)
As a result of Thursday’s loss, the Diamondbacks have now lost 14 games in a row overall, as well as 28 of their past 30 and 37 of their past 42. On the season, they’re now 20-50, with a 9-31 mark on the road.
The 14-game losing streak is also a franchise record, so they have that going for them as well. It’s also funny looking back at comments manager Torey Luvullo (seen above during Thursday’s game) made Wednesday after their loss tied the record:
“Look, this is obviously nothing that we ever expected, nothing that we’re proud of,” D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. “We can’t reverse anything that’s happened over the past 40-plus days, and we gotta find a way to win a baseball game tomorrow.”
Narrator: They did not, in fact, find a way to win a baseball game the next day. Kevin Gausman pitched eight innings for the Giants, allowing just four hits and two earned runs, while catcher Curt Casalli had three hits and four RBIs. And the Giants improved to a MLB-best 44-25, while the Diamondbacks dropped to a MLB-worst 20-50. But hey, at least they’re not the only team currently struggling on the road, as the Baltimore Orioles lost their 19th in a row Thursday (also 10-3, against the Cleveland Indians). That led to this great suggestion:
I propose a neutral site O's-DBacks game in the crater of a volcano. Everyone is covered head to toe in spider tack. https://t.co/p6csRkkqBJ
— Daniel R. Epstein (@depstein1983) June 17, 2021
At least that would lead to someone getting a road win.