PHOENIX – There were only 17,640 people in attendance for Monday night’s game between the Diamondbacks and the visiting Cincinnati Reds.
The smallest crowd of the season sounded twice as large as that, however, based on the loudness of all the boos directed at the Diamondbacks during their lethargic 13-5 loss.
It was bad enough the Reds were hammering on them all night, but to hear it from their own fans made it doubly worse.
The Diamondbacks were victimized for season highs in hits (18) and runs.
To be fair, there were a few bright spots:
• Right fielder Justin Upton extended his hitting streak to 18 games with a two-run home run in the second inning off Bronson Arroyo.
• Left fielder Eric Byrnes continued his torrid homestand, collecting three more hits Monday to make him 9 for 15 in his last four games since snapping a 0 for 17 skid.
• And second baseman Felipe Lopez came up a triple shy of hitting for the cycle.
But there was little else to get excited about, unless you were rooting for Cincinnati or got excited about Diamondbacks utility player Josh Wilson getting the chance to pitch in the ninth inning.
For the record, Wilson pitched a hitless and scoreless inning, becoming the fifth position player in club history to make a pitching performance.
Reds center fielder Willy Taveras tied his career high with five hits; he also scored four times. Meanwhile, the Reds also got three hits and three runs scored from third baseman Adam Rosales.
“They brought their bats,” Arizona manager A.J. Hinch said.
Bronson Arroyo (5-2) got the win, pitching seven innings. Diamondbacks starter Jon Garland (3-2) got roughed up early and took the loss.
“I got a lot of pitches up,” Garland said. “You’re facing a team like the Reds right now, who seem to be swinging the bats pretty well, you’re going to get hurt.”
The game featured several mental mistakes early by the Diamondbacks, namely some unwise throws with Reds runners on the move that eventually helped to plate three runs inside the first three innings alone.
Twice, the Reds turned singles into doubles because Byrnes and Lopez were either napping or weren’t on the same page defensively.
Third baseman Mark Reynolds was also charged with an error when his throw to first on a bunt by Willy Taveras allowed Arroyo to go from first to third.
And then there was Garland, who was lifted after 3 1/2 innings after allowing seven earned runs on 10 hits, including back-to-back home runs by Laynce Nix and Adam Rosales to open the fourth.
As bad as Garland was, relief pitcher Bobby Korecky was worse.
Recalled from Triple-A Reno on Saturday, the right-hander allowed six earned runs on seven hits in just two innings.
• Right-hander Brandon Webb, on the disabled list indefinitely because of bursitis behind his right shoulder, could start playing catch during the team’s upcoming road trip, Hinch said.
After Webb starts playing catch, he can begin a throwing program.
• Left fielder Conor Jackson was out of the lineup for the third consecutive game Monday because an illness.
Hinch wasn’t sure when Jackson would be ready for full-time duty.