LOS ANGELES - The Diamondbacks know there will be days like Wednesday, and with their lack of experienced players, there will probably be more over the final three months of the season.
That does not mean they will tolerate it.
"We have to know how to play the game right," Shea Hillenbrand said after getting Arizona’s only hit in an 11-0 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium that completed a three-game sweep.
"It’s getting old. It’s getting real old. We’ve got to come out here and battle, and we’ve got to come out here and play the game hard and right every night in order to compete. And if you don’t do that, you’re not going to get an opportunity to go out there and compete."
Los Angeles scored six runs off Steve Sparks in the first inning to send Arizona to its ninth straight road loss, one short of the franchise record set less than a year ago.
Overall, the D-Backs have dropped 16 of 19.
"I’m not going to sit back and lay back and watch this," said Al Pedrique, 1-5 since taking over as manager after the firing of Bob Brenly.
"It’s not fun coming to the park early every day and working hard and when the game starts you get beat the way we did tonight. It’s not fun at all.
"When I took this job my goal was to win some games and help this team to hopefully get back on track. We’ve just got to keep going. . . . The last thing we’re going to do is start feeling sorry for ourselves."
Wednesday’s loss equalled Arizona’s largest margin of defeat this year (15-4 at Toronto on June 12). It was also the second time the Diamondbacks managed only one hit, the other June 25 at Detroit.
Kaz Ishii threw his second career complete game, but Hillenbrand was not impressed.
"A lot of our hitters didn’t have an approach, didn’t have a plan," he said. "He’s tough against lefties. But our righthanded hitters have got to put quality at-bats together. There’s no excuse for that.
"We have to be accountable for our at-bats."
The D-Backs did not have a base runner until Luis Gonzalez walked to start the fifth inning. Hillenbrand followed with a single, and that was it.
Ishii (10-4) then retired the final 15 men he faced.
"He didn’t throw hard," Pedrique said, "but he had good command of the breaking ball and kept everybody off balance."
Sparks (3-5) got his first two batters, but the next six reached safely on two walks and four hits, including Alex Cora’s three-run homer.
Jayson Werth’s two-run homer in the fifth made the score 9-0 and ended Sparks’ night.
It was the second time this season Sparks gave up nine runs; he allowed 10 in 2 2/3 innings May 22 at Florida.
In his 16 other appearances, he has a 4.40 ERA.