First baseman Lucas Duda left seven men on base and took responsibility for Saturday’s 3-2 loss against the Diamondbacks.
“I’d like to think it’s a bit of a bad stretch. I can only speak for me personally. I’ve got to drive those runs in, no doubt. I’ll take the blame for this one today.”
Duda’s day began by striking out with the bases loaded in the first inning, swinging wildly after a high pitch after taking two strikes down the middle.
“Definitely a ball. Absolutely. Poor pitch selection,” Duda said. “A poor at-bat, really. Like I said, I’ll take the blame for this one. It was just one of those days. I had a terrible day at the plate. It goes like that. It’s a tough game.”
Duda went 0-4 and is hitting .210 (20-for-95) since April 15 with a .655 OPS since he became the regular first baseman.
Meanwhile, since joining the Bucs, Ike Davis is batting .293 in 30 games with a .387 on-base and .811 OPS in 106 plate appearances. He has lifted his season totals to .276/.382/.424.