In an important early-season divisional series, the third place Los Angeles Dodgers entered the hostile environs of the second place Arizona Diamondbacks. Entering tonight, the Dodgers trailed the snakes by one and a half games. Alex Wood got the start in place of blistered Rich Hill. Here’s how things played out.
The Dodgers struck fast with a two run shot by Corey Seager. He brought in the Dodgers’ latest leadoff batter, Joc Pederson. Before the Dodgers’ hurrahs died down, Wood gave back one of those runs on a leadoff homer to A.J. Pollack. It was starting to look like a dogfight tonight.
The snakes struck again in the bottom of the third, tying the game with two straight doubles. Andrew Toles later saved a possible couple of runs when he leaped at the wall to take away a ball right off the brim.
With two out in the fifth, the Pederson-Seager Express combined to score another run and break the tie,and out the Dodgers ahead 3-2.
Arizona roared right back in their half of the inning. They scored two runs on Wodd’s hittability and a two out passed ball (wrongly scored a wild pitch) by Yasmani Grandal. Pedro Baez, hitless so far, was called in to get the last out of the inning. One pitch and it was done. But it took Yasiel Puig‘s second great catch of the night to do it.
At the end of six it was the snakes up 4-3.
The Dodgers were determined to stay in the fight. They came right back with a double + extra base error from Yasmani Grandal. Andrew Toles then singled him home to tie the score.
Chris Taylor batted for Pedro Baez in the seventh, and he jacked one out to put the boys up 5-4. Yup, this one looked like it was going to come down to the last breath.
Ross Stripling was given the responsibility of the seventh inning. With one out, he gave up a triple to Paul Goldschmidt. on review, the Dodgers caught a break and the play was ruled a ground rule double. It was probably due to the ball momentarily getting stuck under the padding of the outfield wall.
Toles then caught a fly ball and gave third to Goldy when he threw a Steve Saxer all the way to the snakes dugout. The threat was shut down on another fly out.
But the snakes were not done. They came right back in the eighth with a double and a single, giving them men on the corners and no out. Well, there was one out…Stripling. He was yanked and replaced by Luis Avilan. Trouble was, the normally reliable Avilan couldn’t find the strike zone. He walked the next two snakes and tied the score with a big, fat, freebie.
The Dodgers weren’t done giving away runs. Sergio Romo came in and quickly balked in a run. At least the bases weren’t loaded any longer. And there was still nobody out! After yet another walk, Dodger Killer Goldschmidt drove the dagger into the Dodgers blue heart with a bases loaded sharp single. The snakes went up 8-5.
Down goes the Dodgers! Down goes the Dodgers! The fight was over.
After our Yasmani’s two error night, their Yasmani smacked a double to score two more and twist the dagger in further. Snakes 10-5. Romo was out and Josh Fields in. Did it matter? Nope. The snakes brought in two more. It was 12-5 and there was still only one out. When the smoke cleared, it was 13-5 and all that remained was the Dodgers’ final one, two, three inning.
And that’s exactly how they went down, losing 13-5.
For the Corey Seager Marching and Chowder Society: Seager’s home run was the furthest hit this year at snakes stadium. Sure, it’s early in the year, but Corey just set the bar higher for everyone else.
Deja Vu All Over Again: Chris Taylor, who homered tonight, hit his first career home run in snakes stadium last year. That one was a grand slam.
Alex Wood went 4 2/3 innings with 7 hits, 4 runs, 1 walk and 6 Ks. ERA 3.29