CHICAGO — Sunday afternoon at Wrigley Field, D-backs left-hander Caleb Smith made his last start before Friday’s Trade Deadline.
Was it his final start in a D-backs uniform? Time will tell as Smith could be an attractive piece for a team looking to bolster its rotation down the stretch.
Smith (3-7) took the loss as the D-backs dropped the rubber game of the three-game series with the Cubs, 5-1.
Although he only allowed three hits over six innings, they were all home runs and they accounted for all five of Chicago’s runs.
The homers, well those will happen, but what bothered Smith were the two walks he allowed ahead of them.
Willson Contreras drew a leadoff walk in the first before Smith allowed back-to-back homers to Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo to put the Cubs up 3-0.
In the fourth, Patrick Wisdom drew a one-out walk and David Bote followed one out later with a home run to left-center to expand Chicago’s lead to 5-0.
“Yeah, I thought I threw the ball fairly well,” Smith said. “The results aren’t really what you want to see. Three hits, three homers. The homers, I can live with giving up three home runs, as long as they’re solo home runs. The thing that really aggravates me is the walks, the two walks before the home runs. As a team, you can’t defend against a walk. There’s nothing you can do. That was the…