- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Diamondbacks followed up a 17-inning loss with a lackluster effort against Atlanta.

Arizona was tired Monday night and short-handed in the bullpen after a 17-inning loss in Milwaukee on Sunday.

“We played tonight, unfortunately, like a team that played 17 innings yesterday and lost and traveled home, which is my fault, the coaches’ fault,” Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said after the 8-1 loss to the Braves. “We didn’t have them ready to play. I will take the blame on that. It is embarrassing to me. It is not the way a team that I would ever want to coach would play a game. It’s just sloppy, dead baseball and I apologize for that.”

Arizona also learned that starting catcher Tuffy Gosewich will need season-ending surgery to repair a torn left anterior cruciate ligament.

“It’s awful, sad. The guy busted his tail to get where he is at, did a great job helping our staff get better and now he’s lost running to first busting his butt to run a ball out (last week in St. Louis) and he hit the bag funny. It stinks for him,” Hale said.

Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman had three hits, including a two-run home run, and teammate Andrelton Simmons added three hits. Freeman’s blast came in the fifth inning with Simmons on base, and Freeman also drove in a run with a sixth-inning single.

Simmons extended his hitting streak to 10 games, and the runs were more than enough for Alex Wood (4-2), who held the Diamondbacks to a run on seven hits in eight innings.

“I always see the ball good here. It’s a great batter’s eye,” Freeman said of hitting in Chase Field. “It’s just one of those things, for some reason. Hopefully I didn’t jinx myself for the next two days.”

The Braves, winners of their previous two games, tagged Diamondbacks starter Archie Bradley (2-3) for three runs in the second inning, all with two out. A.J. Pierzynski and Jonny Gomes singled and No. 8 hitter Todd Cunningham was walked intentionally to get to Wood, who lined a single up the middle for two runs batted in.

“That’s always nice, to get a knock,” Wood said.

Simmons drove in Cunningham with a base hit before Bradley got out of the inning.

The Diamondbacks, a day removed from their marathon in Wisconsin, scored their only run in the bottom of the fifth with Ender Inciarte’s sacrifice fly to drive in Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Arizona lost a chance at more runs in the inning, however, when Yasmany Tomas was thrown out at second base trying to advance on the fly ball.

Bradley is still trying to re-discover the stuff that helped him start the season 2-0 including a win against Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw. But on April 28, Bradley was hit in the face with a batted ball in the second inning of his start against the Colorado Rockies and went on the disabled list from April 29 to May 16 with a sinus fracture.

He’s surrendered at least four earned runs in four starts since his return and is winless in three of those, unable to make it past five innings.

Bradley allowed five runs on eight hits in five innings on Monday.

“I have to help this team more and get back to pitching like I know how,” Bradley said. “Yeah, I haven’t pitched well since I came back but I don’t think it is anything from that. I’m not scared. I am just not pitching well.”

Hale said Bradley isn’t the same.

“His stuff is just not the same since he got hit. He has not come back with the same snap on the breaking ball or the confidence in the changeup,” Hale said.


The Braves called up right-handed pitcher Cody Martin from Triple-A Gwinnett in time for Monday’s game, a day after designating pitcher Donnie Veal for assignment.

The Diamondbacks reinstated pitcher Matt Stites (right elbow inflammation) from the 15-day disabled list before the game and optioned him to Triple-A Reno. Stites has yet to pitch in a major-league game this season.


Braves: OF Cameron Maybin was held out of the starting lineup with a slight injury near his groin but could return on Tuesday. His replacement, Cunningham, scored twice, stole a base and made a diving catch in center field to steal a potential hit from Aaron Hill in the seventh.

Diamondbacks: Gosewich said he’ll need six to eight months of recovery time.

“Obviously it’s rough but I am just trying to think about getting back stronger and doing everything I can to come back healthy,” he said.


Braves: Shelby Miller brings his 1.48 earned run average over 10 starts and a 5-2 record into Tuesday’s outing against Arizona.

Diamondbacks: Josh Collmenter has held opponents to two runs in each of his last two starts. He’s 3-5 with a 5.05 ERA going into Tuesday’s start against Atlanta.



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