Thursday -- D-backs 8, Brewers 3: Dazzling debut for Zack Godley. Friday -- Brewers 2, D-backs 1: Lack of run support wastes Corbin's effort. Saturday -- D-backs 2, Brewers 0: De La Rosa, Ziegler shut out Milwaukee. Sunday -- Matt Garza (5-10, 5.23) vs. Jeremy Hellickson (6-6, 4.87), 12:30 p.m., FOX Sports Arizona.
Brewin' up some victories
The Brewers are playing some of their best baseball under new manager and former Arizona fan favorite Craig Counsell. While still last in the NL Central, they have gone 14-5 over their last 19 games and are 35-35 since Counsell took over for Ron Roenicke. They've accumulated 27 runs and 50 hits over their last four games.
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On the flip side, the Diamondbacks are struggling through their worst stretch of the season, going 1-8 since reaching the .500 mark at 42-42. They've scored only 23 runs and are hitting .228 over that nine-game stretch, and the culprits have been many, including Nick Ahmed (2 for 27), Jake Lamb (5 for 31), Chris Owings (7 for 34) and Yasmany Tomas (7 for 32).
Another familiar and popular face around these parts is Gerardo Parra, traded from Arizona to Milwaukee at the trading deadline last year. Parra, who'll be a free agent this winter, is on the trading block again, but not because of lack of performance. He returns to Arizona hitting .390 in his last 28 games and is hitting .316 on the season with nine home runs, one short of his career high.
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Bullish on the 'pen
The Diamondbacks' bullpen corps remains a bright spot amid the recent down times. D-backs relievers have the lowest combined ERA in the major leagues for the month of July at 1.37, but they haven't had as many leads to protect. The starting pitchers have a 5.02 ERA for the month. Brad Ziegler has 15 consecutive scoreless appearances, dating back to June 6, and has converted 15 consecutive save opportunities.
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