PHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks are in an ugly funk, and
manager Bob Brenly isn't hiding his disgust.
Brenly lashed out at his team in a profanity-laced, but brief,
session with reporters following Arizona's 5-0 loss to the Montreal
Expos on Saturday night.
"When we need to pitch well, we don't pitch well. When we need
to hit well, we don't hit well. When we need to catch the ball, we
don't catch the ball," Brenly said.
The team, he said, is "equal-opportunity" when it comes to
"We find ways to lose games and I'm real tired of it," Brenly
said, adding a final swear word as an adjective to emphasize his
Claudio Vargas scattered six hits in seven-plus scoreless
innings for the Expos, who beat Arizona for the second night in a
Rookie Terrmel Sledge fell a double shy of the cycle, with a
single, an RBI triple and a solo home run for Montreal. Tony
Batista drove in three runs with two doubles.
The Diamondbacks, shut out for the second time in four games,
lost their fourth straight to fall to 2-7 on their 10-game
"Anything and everything that could go wrong is going wrong,"
Arizona's Steve Finley said. "It's a whole team effort."
Told of Brenly's comments, Finley didn't disagree.
"That's a good sentiment. We all feel the same way. Nobody
likes to lose. Nobody likes to be playing like this," he said,
adding that there was no way the team would quit and that he
expects a turnaround.
Vargas (3-2), who entered the game with a 5.77 ERA, left after
giving up singles to Chad Tracy and Matt Kata to start the eighth
Luis Ayala relieved and, after Danny Bautista fouled out, Steve
Finley lined a single to right to load the bases. It was the first
time Arizona had a runner past second all night. Shea Hillenbrand
bounced into a double play to end the threat.
"That situation certainly was big," manager Frank Robinson
said. "We got the popup from Bautista and got the double play. You
couldn't ask for any better."
Ayala finished with a perfect ninth.
Vargas had only two strikeouts, walked two and had several outs
deep to the outfield. But the only Arizona player to make it as far
as second through seven innings was Tracy, who would have been
caught stealing had shortstop Orlando Cabrera not dropped the ball
for an error in the first inning.
Batista had his first RBI in 11 games.
"If I continue doing like that, we'll have more men on base,
and more RBI," he said.
Arizona starter Casey Daigle had two outs when he got into
trouble in the one-run first and three-run fifth innings.
Daigle walked Cabrera with two outs in the first, then Brad
Wilkerson singled to put runners on first and third. Batista
brought Cabrera home with a double.
In the fifth, Cabrera doubled with two outs, then Wilkerson
walked and Batista doubled down the left-field line to bring in
both runners. Sledge followed with an RBI triple over the head of
Bautista in right and it was 4-0. Randy Choate relieved Daigle and
struck out Matt Cepicky for the final out.
"After you see the guys put a couple of runs in front of you,
you feel more comfortable," Vargas said. "You can go out there
and be more aggressive."
Daigle (2-2) allowed four runs on seven hits and four walks in 4
Sledge -- 21-for-49 in his last 16 games after a 1-for-34 start
to his career -- homered off Elmer Dessens in the eighth.
Arizona LF Luis Gonzalez was out of the lineup for the
first time this season. ... Diamondbacks 1B Richie Sexson hit some
soft toss and off the tee. He hopes to come off the DL next Friday
in Florida. ... Cabrera hit his 200th career double with two outs
in the fifth.