The Dodgers were in a deep slumber with the bats coming into Thursday evening’s series finale against the Dbacks. The Dodgers were 0 for 18 with runners in scoring position at one point, until they exploded for five runs in the bottom of the seventh. Before then runs were hard to come by. Before the game the Dodgers used the “all righty loser lineup” as I like to call it, that Don Mattingly trotted out all the time last season. With left hander Robbie Ray on the mound, Dave Roberts loaded the lineup with right handers.
The strange thing was everyone was out of position. Kike Hernandez was playing in left field. Howie Kendrick was at third base, and Austin Barnes was at second base. Justin Turner was still nursing a sore hand after getting hit by a pitch last night. The Dodgers seemed in a haze until they finally snapped out of it by rallying for five runs in the bottom of the seventh to overcome a 2-0 deficit and defeat the Snakes by a score of 5-2. The win gives them their first series victory at Dodger Stadium this season.
Dbacks 2 6 1
Dodgers 5 8 0
Before the eighth inning the Dodgers were unable to solve the enigma that was Robbie Ray. He flummoxed the Dodgers limiting them to just three hits through the first six innings until that fateful seventh inning when he seemed to run out of gas. Overall Ray threw 6.1 innings allowing two earned runs on four hits and struck out five. He wasn’t charged with the loss though.
His mound opponent Ross Stripling pitched well too. Although the stockbroker didn’t throw a no-hitter, he still preformed well, (6 IP 2ER 5H 2BB 5K), and was also not involved in the decision. The game came down to a battle of the bullpens, and for once the Dodger bullpen succeeded.
The Dbacks had taken the lead in the top of the fifth. Chris Hermann’s one-out double, was followed one-out later by Nick Ahmed’s single to right to put the Snakes up 1-0. The Dbacks scored another run in the top of the sixth to grab a 2-0 lead. Socrates Brito reached on a ground ball single to left, and then stole second base to get into scoring position. Then consecutive ground outs from Paul Goldschmidt, and David Peralta plated Brito for the second run. Speaking of Goldschmidt, for once he was not a factor in the game. The Dodger killer went 0 for 4 with a strikeout.
Then Robbie Ray got tired in the seventh. Trayce Thompson led off with a single to left. After A.J. Ellis flied out, Austin Barnes walked. Ray was immediately hooked and right hander Randall Delgado brought in to face pinch-hitter Justin Turner. The red dream singled into left to score Thompson from second base to cut the lead to 2-1.
Kike’s double to the gap in left-center scored Barnes and Turner to put the Dodgers in front 3-2! The Dbacks made another pitching change replacing Delgado with Andrew Chafin. Yasiel Puig’s groundball single to right scored Kike to give the Dodgers a 4-2 lead. Adrian Gonzalez got into the fun as well. His ground ball single through the stupid little shift trickled into right field to score Puig and the Dodgers go up 5-2.
The Dodgers bullpen took things the rest of the way. J.P. Howell and Yimi Garcia both pitched a scoreless frame. Closer Kenley Jansen entered in the ninth to shut the door on the Snakes and pick up his fourth save of the season. The Dodgers win!
Hernandez and Puig were the offensive stars of the game with two hits apiece. Hernandez drove in two and scored once. On a side note, Chris Hatcher was placed on paternity leave after his wife gave birth. Left hander Adam Liberatore was called up for a few days to replace him. Maybe that’s why Hatcher has been pitching like such crap lately. He’s been distracted, and understandably so.
The Dodgers improve to 6-4 on the season, and 2-1 at home. The Giants lost again to Colorado, so the Dodgers pick up a game on them in the standings. Speaking of those Giants, they come into town for a three game set on Friday evening. Tomorrow night will be the second round of the Clayton Kershaw vs. Madison Bumgarner main event on Jackie Robinson night. So the Dodgers better be prepared to beat these guys and not play like jerks. Would be nice to beat the Giants you know.
Happy Thursday everyone! Who wants some Snake Tacos?!
— Calling The Game (@CallingTheGame) April 15, 2016