PHOENIX The Diamondbacks spent the offseason fortifying their bullpen, which has made its early struggles even more mystifying.
The D-backs suffered their major league-high 10th failed save conversion when closer J.J. Putz gave up a two-run home run to Pablo Sandoval for a 2-1 San Francisco victory at Chase Field on Tuesday.
Sandoval hit a split-finger pitch that stayed up in the strike zone, a pitch that Putz has had trouble throwing where he's wanted this season. But it's the same pitch he got Troy Tulowitzki with for the final out in victory over Colorado on Saturday, and set up Carlos Gonzalez for an out-of-the strike zone fastball for the final out against the Rockies on Sunday.
This time it stayed thigh-high.
It just seems like every time I leave one of those up, its getting crushed right now. Its very frustrating. The one that Pablo hit just didnt come out of my hand, Putz said.
Putz has five saves and four failed chances, and he has given up ninth-inning home runs to ...