Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 4/25/12
PHOENIX -- It was in many was the homestand from hell. The Diamondbacks lost seven games and three players in the 10-game homestand that concluded with a 7-2 loss to dominant Philadelphia left-hander Cole Hamels on Wednesday afternoon. Hamels retired 18 straight batters after Willie Bloomquist opened the game with a double, and the D-backs could not overcome the Phillies' four-run sixth inning off Trevor Cahill and Craig Breslow It was D-backs' 16th game in as many days, and it had that feel. "I don't think we feel like we are in real good synch," manager Kirk Gibson said. "It hasn't been easy for us." The D-backs have lost seven of their last nine games, beginning in the game where Chris Young suffered a ligament tear in his right shoulder when he took an extra-base hit away from Pittsburgh's Pedro Alvarez while crashing into the left-center field fence April 17. The Pirates won that game and the next to take the series, two games to one, before hot-hitting Atlanta won three of four and the Phillies took two of three. In the grand scheme, those losses were nuisances compared to the roster tumult caused after Young, No. 2 starter Daniel Hudson, Justin Upton (for a short period) reserve infielder Geoff Blum were forced to miss time. Hudson was placed on the disabled list during the Atlanta series and is expected to miss at least three more starts, although no timetable has been set for his recovery from a right shoulder impingement. Blum would have provided a left-handed platoon bat at third base for struggling Ryan Roberts, although newcomer Cody Ransom has filled in well. Upton missed four starts after having fluid drained from his severely jammed left thumb April 17. It took its toll on the lineup and on the run production. The Dbacks gave Wade Miley nine runs in his fillin start of Hudson on Monday but were not a consistent threat. They scored 1, 2, 1, and 2 runs in a four-game losing streak. Atlanta retired the final 19 batters in a 3-2 victory on Saturday, a streak that reached 24 before Gerardo Parra's grand slam keyed a five-run second in a streak-breaking 6-4 victory over Atlanta on Sunday. "We've had some obstacles to overcome so far. We've had a couple of key guys go down. If you have to lose some guys, earlier in the season is better than late, but you certainly hope to go through a season without losing guys like C.Y' and Up' and Huddy,' those sort of guys," Bloomquist said. The D-backs' 3-7 homestand is their first losing homestand of any kind since Cleveland took two of three games here last June, and the first losing hometand of at least three series since the first homestand of 2011. Those become a footnote during a strong second half. Bloomquist may have had the best line about Hamels, who could become a very rich man if he maintains his early success he is 3-1 this season, the last on his current contract. The hometown Los Angeles Dodgers, now with money to spend, could be an intriguing match. "He's got 17 different pitches, and he throws them all for strikes. When he's locating pitches, he can be awful tough. I hate give a pitcher too much credit, but today he deserves it," Bloomquist said. Just as he knows the D-backs' day will come. "We're a team that is resilient. We're not going to fold up shop. This was a tough homestand, obviously, but we'll keep grinding and I'm confident we'll figure it out," Bloomquist said. "We have guys that will care too much not to continue battling and figuring things out. We're going to be fine." Follow Jack Magruder on Twitter
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