The second game of the season at Chavez Ravine saw old friend Rubby De La Rosa on the mound for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Howie Kendrick starting in left field for the Dodgers, Alex Wood looking for redemption, and Dodger fans looking dapper in their new giveaway, Dodger blue and white hoodies.
Not much happened in the first two innings, so we’ll leap to the third.
3rd inning: No score
Nick Ahmed led off with a home run to put Arizona ahead.
4th inning: Ariz 1-0
At this point Alex Wood had given up 4 walks and one run, and was “in constant trouble” per Vin Scully.
He immediately gave up a single. Wood struck out the next batter to register his first K of the night.
The inning saw replay challenges by the Dodgers ( who won for the first out at first base) and the D-backs (who lost a strike em out – throw em out play at third base). The old Trolley Dodgers dodged a bullet on that one, as Justin Turner actually applied the tagged late. The runner should have been safe, but he was ruled out.
Adrian Gonzalez hammered his first home run of the year to tie the game at one.
5th inning Dodgers -1 Diamondbacks – 1
Wood turned in a 1,2,3 inning. Had he settled down?
Howie Kendrick started things off with a single.
Joc Pederson sent Kendrick to third with a single.
Chase Utley hit a DP ball that was botched by Nick Ahmed and Kendrick scored.
Corey Seager hit another DP ball that Ahmed threw correctly this time, but Paul Goldschmit bobbled and dropped at first.
On the bobble Joc scored the third Dodgers run, with Seager safe at first.
JT was then hit by a pitch to send him limping to first, Seager to second, and De La Rosa to the showers.
Andrew Chafin came in to pitch for Ariz and struck out A-Gon to end the inning.
6th inning Dodgers 3-1
Another 1,2,3 inning for Wood, who has quietly retired eight in a row.
Left two on.
7th inning Dodgers 3-1
11 outs in a row for Wood!
Lead off double for Utley.
JT hit for the second time tonight. This time on the hand. a slight scare, but he was apparently OK.
That made three Dodgers HBP tonight. Joc Pederson had also been hit. Cameras showed D-back manager Chip Hale shouting at the Dodgers’ dugout. He seemed to be angrily saying, “Come on! Come on!” to whomever that was.
The umpires talked to the managers and nothing more came of the Dodgers at bat.
8th inning Dodger 3-1
Wood went back out and faced one batter, who was safe on a close play at first and his night was done at 105 pitches.
Manager Dave Roberts brought in Pedro Baez to face Jean Segura. He promptly walked him, and the tying runs were aboard.
Apparently tired of using the stiffs in the bullpen, the skipper went right to Kenley Jansen for a 5-out save.
Jansen quickly dispatched the Diamondbacks and ended the threat on five pitches. That said, Paul Goldschmidt took Jansen deep, almost hitting it out.
They went quietly.
9th inning Dodgers 3-1
Kenley vs Arizona
Jansen struck out he first snake, got a fly out for the second out, and a gift strike three call for the final out as Yasmani pulled in and framed a pitch that was 4 inches off the plate to end the game.
Alex Wood went 7 innings, giving up 1 run on 5 hits, 3 walks and 3 strike outs. His ERA is now 4.5
Adrian Gonzalez – 1 Home run
Dodgers 8 LOB
Tomorrow night is the rubber match of the series.