Phillies

Diamondbacks lose 23rd straight road game to break MLB record

Phillies
Torey Lovullo

The Arizona Diamondbacks have hit a major bump in the road.

With their 10-3 loss to the Giants on Thursday, the Diamondbacks set a major league record with their 23rd consecutive road loss. They broke the previous record for road futility of 22 games that was shared by the 1963 Mets and the 1943 Philadelphia Athletics.

Arizona's last road win came in Atlanta on April 25 when the D-backs swept a doubleheader against the Braves. The Diamondbacks since have been swept by the Marlins in Miami (3 games), the Mets in New York (3), the Dodgers in Los Angeles (4), the Rockies in Colorado (3), the Brewers in Milwaukee (4), the A's in Oakland (2) and the Giants in San Francisco (4).

So, road rage might be setting in.

The streak seemed to be nearing a merciful end on Tuesday night in San Francisco after the Diamondbacks jumped out to a 7-0 lead over the Giants. Arizona went on to lose 9-8 after allowing an eighth-inning grand slam to Mike Yastrzemski.

It was the seventh blown lead of the streak for the Diamondbacks, who have been outscored by 78 runs over the 23 games. Collectively on the road this season, the Diamondbacks are hitting just .208 (second worst in the league) and pitching to a 5.38 ERA (fourth worst in the league).

The Diamondbacks own the league's worst record at 20-50, which includes a 9-31 road record that trails only the 5-27 Colorado Rockies for fewest wins away from home.

They return to Arizona for a six-game homestand on Friday, bringing new meaning to the phrase, "There's no place like home."

 

The next chance for the Diamondbacks to snap their road losing streak comes on June 25 against the Padres in San Diego. From there they go to St. Louis to take on the Cardinals. They conclude the first half of the season with a three-game series in Los Angeles against the Dodgers.

Could be a long road ahead.