Momentum is only as good as the next game’s starting pitcher.
Unfortunately for the Diamondbacks, every fifth day has belonged Armando Galarraga.
The Arizona righty barely made the rotation after spring training and hasn’t performed well for much of the season.
Monday was no different.
With no help from his defense, Galarraga put the D-Backs in a big hole early, one they couldn’t dig out of as Arizona fell 8-4 to San Diego Monday night at Chase Field.
Galarraga (3-4) went five innings, giving up five earned runs. His ERA is now 5.91 in a year dominated by pitchers around the big leagues.
“He didn’t pitch very well at all, didn’t set a very good tone for us,” D-Backs manager Kirk Gibson told MLB.com. “Really didn’t have much tonight at all. Just did not have a good performance at all.”
The loss dropped Arizona into last place in the National League West.
Monday was also the first time the D-Backs lost by more than one run since May 4.
The Padres jumped on Galarraga right away in the first inning, plating two runs.
With one away, a double, single and a walk loaded the bases for Cameron Maybin, who dropped a base hit into left to put San Diego up 1-0.
Ryan Ludwick followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0, but Galarraga worked out of the frame without it getting out of hand.
San Diego scored three more runs in the second, but none of them were earned.
First, Ryan Roberts booted a ball hit by Alberto Gonzalez. Then, after Galarraga struck out the pitcher Clayton Richard, Stephen Drew couldn’t handle a Chris Denorfia groundball.
Jason Bartlett made the miscues sting in a big way.
His two-run double brought the score to 4-0 and Chase Headley made it a five run game with a single to left-center.
Henry Blanco tried to help the D-Backs chip away at the deficit with a solo homer leading off the third, but Galarraga dug the hole much deeper in the fifth.
After Maybin drove home a run with a sacrifice fly, Ludwick homered later in the frame to plate two more runs and give the Padres an 8-1 lead.
Blanco hit his second solo home run of the game in the bottom half of the inning, but Arizona only scored two more times in its attempt to comeback.
Justin Upton hit eighth homer of the year in the eighth off of Ernesto Frieri.
The bright spot for the D-Backs was the performance of their bullpen in relief of Galarraga.
Juan Gutierrez, Sam Demel and Joe Paterson pitched the final four innings, giving up just one hit and no runs.