D-backs relieved to be back home

Offense falters on 4-6 West Coast road trip

D-backs relieved to be back home

SAN DIEGO -- The D-backs' 10-game, 11-day road trip finally came to an end Thursday night with a 4-1 loss to the Padres at Petco Park.

The trip began with three games in San Francisco and included an off-day in Los Angeles, followed by a four-game series with the Dodgers before winding up with three in San Diego.

"Long," D-backs third baseman Jake Lamb said when asked to describe the trip. "It's good that we're going home. We obviously didn't finish up like we wanted to."

It didn't start out the way they wanted either.

After starting the season with a 6-1 homestand, the D-backs dropped two of three in San Francisco and the first two games against the Dodgers.

They rebounded to salvage a split with the Dodgers and won the first game of the Padres series before dropping the final two.

All and all it was a 4-6 record. Not great, but not bad after starting out 1-4.

"It's just a rough couple of nights," Lamb said of losing 1-0 and 4-1 to the Padres. "Pitchers hitting their spots the past couple of nights, too. As much as we hate to tip our cap two nights in a row, they pitched really well, so you have to give them credit. We just weren't able to string anything together."

After hammering the ball on the homestand, the offense did not carry its weight on the road trip, which included stops at three pitcher-friendly ballparks. The D-backs return to Chase Field for 10 games, starting Friday against the Dodgers.

"I think, overall, guys are having pretty good at-bats," first baseman Paul Goldschmidt said. "We just didn't get results, so we'll just keep going, I don't think there's like a big adjustment. Just try to have good at-bats and try to hit the ball hard."

Goldschmidt hit .152 on the trip while Brandon Drury hit .147 and Jeff Mathis was 1-for-18. Daniel Descalso (0-for-12) and Chris Herrmann (0-for-12) were hitless.

The overall slash line for the offense on the trip was .211/.276/.315.

"It was a decent road trip," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. "I know we were 4-6 on a swing that took us through three tough cities and I'm proud of these guys. I think they did a really good job throughout the course of each game of grinding and battling and putting us in a nice position to win some games and we did."

On the bright side, the pitchers were outstanding on the trip with a combined ERA of 3.64.

Corbin strikes out eight

"Really well," Lamb said of the staff. "It's an awesome sign. Starters, relievers, everyone did really well. As an offense, we're going to do a better job to pick those guys up. Overall, besides how it ended, I'm happy with the road trip."

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.