Sports D-backs fire hitting coaches after losing 30 of 35 games

02:07  11 june  2021
02:07  11 june  2021 Source:   thecanadianpress.com

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PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks fired hitting coach Darnell Coles and assistant hitting coach Eric Hinske on Thursday with the team struggling to score runs during a brutal stretch in which it has lost 30 of 35 games.

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The Diamondbacks named co-hitting coaches to replace them. Rick Short was promoted from Triple-A Reno and Drew Hedman was Arizona's run production coordinator.

Arizona has a majors-worst 20-43 record. The D-backs have lost a franchise record 19 straight road games.

Their veteran-led lineup — including Ketel Marte, David Peralta, Nick Ahmed and Eduardo Escobar — has struggled to produce, especially over the last two weeks. Arizona had two hits in a 4-0 loss to Oakland on Wednesday.

The D-backs are batting .231 as a team and scored just 12 runs over their most recent six-game trip.


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David Brandt, The Associated Press

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