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Let me ask all of you a question. If you had no idea where the Dodgers and Dbacks were in the standings, would you have been able to tell which team was in first place and which was in third? I would think not as the Dodgers looked listless and unimpressive. Management decided to hold Rich Hill back for a potential wild card game that may become a reality. So they gave the ball to Ross Stripling. Former Dodger turncoat Zack Greinke countered for Arizona.
I didn’t expect much from Stripling honestly. He hasn’t pitched well in weeks and has been injured. Unsurprisingly he was awful. But the Dodgers had the advantage in this game early by scoring single runs in the first and second innings. They had Greinke on the ropes but were unable to knock him out of the game. Sounds like the 2018 Dodgers to me guys.
Dodgers 2 9 1
Dbacks 7 10 0
In the top of the first three consecutive singles with two outs from Max Muncy, Manny Machado, and Cody Bellinger put the Dodgers on top 1-0. In the top of the second Yasmani Grandal doubled off the wall, and one out later Stripling himself singled up the middle to score Grandal and give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead. Arizona challenged the call on the field, (Grandal may or may not have been tagged before touching home plate) but the original ruling was upheld.
While Stripling may have been able to hit, he certainly couldn’t pitch. The Dbacks scored three runs in the bottom of the second to take the lead and never looked back. .194 hitting Socrates Brito took Stripling deep to lead-off the inning. Then A.J. Pollack tripled and Nick Ahmed doubled him in. Obviously Stripling didn’t have anything, yet Dave Roberts stood in the dugout like a statue. Stripling continued to get lit up. After a ground out, Zack Greinke singled home a run. 3-2 Dbacks. Pedro Baez had to come in and strike out Paul Goldschmidt with the bases loaded.
The Dodgers had the bases loaded in the top of the third and failed to score. Turner and Muncy singled, and advanced to second and third on Machado’s deep drive into the left field corner. After Bellinger was intentionally walked, Puig’s scorching liner was right into Ahmed’s glove. Grandal’s ground out ended the inning, and any hopes of the Dodgers winning this game.
In the bottom of the fifth, Friedman favorite and Cy Young candidate Scott Alexander gave up singles to Escobar and Goldschmidt before Pollack bombed one into the center field seats. That put the Snakes ahead 6-2. Not much else to say about the rest of this game. David Peralta homered off of Caleb Ferguson in the seventh inning. The Dodger bats predictably gave up. The Dodgers had one base runner from the fifth inning on. It’s unbelievably pathetic. Greinke would limit the Dodgers to just two earned runs on eight hits over six innings. He struck out six, winning his fifteenth game of the season.
The Dodgers now fall to 88-71 and a half game back of the Rockies in the NL West. The only good news that I can think of is that they have a one game lead over the Cardinals for the second wild card spot. The Dodgers are idle on Thursday and the Rockies will face Jake Arrieta on Thursday afternoon as they look for their seventh consecutive win. The Dodgers have to face Madison Bumgarner on Friday night. Hyun-jin Ryu will take the mound for the Dodgers. How about a little help Philadelphia….please? GULP