PHOENIX -- After two consecutive games of getting shut out by rookie pitchers, manager Bob Melvin is unfazed by the D-backs' recent offensive struggles. The D-backs scored four runs off the Braves' bullpen in the eighth inning Thursday to break a 17-inning scoreless drought, but it wasn't enough to overcome a 6-0 deficit. "I think you'd have to be a little bit more concerned about the sampling," Melvin said. "We've addressed our offensive woes. The last two, or one-plus games, haven't gone very well, but I think in the eighth inning we kind of picked up our mojo a little bit again."
The D-backs rank 13th in the National League in batting average (.251) and 10th in runs scored (510), both improvements from 2007, when the D-backs won the NL West while scoring fewer runs than their opponents. Entering Friday, the D-backs had a plus-25 run differential this season. The D-backs have scored 39 runs in their past 10 games (6-4), although 13 of those runs came in one game. Since that game on Monday, the D-backs have scored in just three innings on the homestand, and as a team are hitting just .237 in August after hitting .272 in the month of July. Still, Melvin isn't concerned. "I would say we would have to struggle a little bit more for me to say that I think we have some offensive woes," he said.
Mike Ritter is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.