The Dodger’s regulars returned to the lineup for the series finale against the dbacks on Sunday afternoon. Thus far the Dodgers have been spanked like a little girl in this series by Arizona. The boys in blue have been outscored 24-10 in the first two games, and the pitching has been a disaster. Of course it’s not surprising as the rotation has been unable to provide the Dodgers with the innings that they desperately need to keep the workload off of the bullpen.
Dodgers 6 9 0
Dbacks 2 7 1
I’ll get back to the pitching in a minute. It was a refreshing delight to see the regulars return to the lineup. There were no backups or scrubs in the lineup save for Chase Utley at second base. Not surprisingly the regulars came through scoring six runs on eight hits, with all six runs coming in the top of the fifth inning. Adrian Gonzalez, and Yasmani Grandal each had two runs driven in and Corey Seager went 2 for 4 with an RBI. Grandal slammed a home run into the right field seats, missing the pool, but hopefully hitting a dback fan in the ass. Five of the Dodger’s eight hits were extra-bases, and they were 4 for 7 with runners in scoring position. It’s very interesting how the Dodgers win when there are no minor league nobodies or utility bums in the lineup…..hmmmmmm.
Wait so you mean to tell me that the Dodgers played all of their regulars and they scored a bunch of runs and actually won? Is what you would say to me with wide eyes. Yes that is what happened as the Dodgers avoided a sweep by defeating the dbacks 6-2. Before the game the Dodgers called up left hander Adam Liberatore and sent down Brett Eibner because the bullpen has been to trashed they needed an extra reliever over having a short bench. Fortunately they wouldn’t need him in this one.
Dodger starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy tossed another quality outing. I admit that so far McCarthy has been pretty damned good. He’s been the Dodger’s second best starter this season. I’m kind of scared though because I am still waiting for the other shoe to drop. So far so good though for BMac as he tossed seven innings allowing just two earned runs, on five hits and striking out six against just one walk. The difference for McCarthy has been his ability to challenge hitters and pound the strike zone. No more nibbling for this guy anymore. McCarthy threw 98 pitches and gets his third win of the season. The lone blemish on the night for him was the bottom of the first inning.
In that frame David Peralta singled, and then Dodger killer Paul Goldschmidt homered over the left field fence to put the Snakes up 2-0 early. The Dodgers would rally against opposing starter Shelby Miller but it took them a while to get to him.
Miller exhibited the control problems that plagued him in 2016 as he walked 5 batters across four innings of work. He was able to wriggle out of a jam in the first inning when the Dodgers wasted a walk and a Gonzo double.
The fateful fifth inning for the Snakes started when McCarthy drew a walk. I just love it when pitchers help themselves at the plate. Then Joc Pederson walked and both runners scored when Seager doubled them in. Shoutout to Brandon Drury who missed the relay throw.
Randal Delgado replaced Miller and the Dodgers were fine with that because they have a good history of hitting him as much as they have hitting Miller. Justin Turner’s single advances Seager to third, and he scores on Gonzo’s second double of the game. Grandal’s two-run bomb to right field puts the Dodgers up 6-2. Everyone is happy!
The bullpen got a huge reprieve as Pedro Baez pitched a scoreless bottom of the eighth and Sergio Romo pitched the ninth inning. That inning was a bit of an adventure but the Dodgers got out of it. Note to Kike, try not to run into Puig while he is making a catch.
Of course we can’t just have one game where the Dodgers win and we feel good. No, not these days. Joc was removed from the game with groin tightness and is listed as day-to-day.
The Dodgers improve to 9-10 on the season and will now travel to San Francisco to play the Giants for a four game series from Monday through Thursday. Hyun-jin Ryu is scheduled to take the ball for the Dodgers as Matt Cain will counter for San Francisco in a battle of washed up hurlers. First pitch is set for 7:15 PM. Have we talked about how bad the Giants are? Oh they’re bad alright, really bad. We’ll discuss this tomorrow. In the meantime have a happy Sunday guys!