Dodgers 2 8 3
Diamondbacks 3 6 0
WP- Miley (3-1)
LP- Jansen (1-1)
S- Bell (3)
HR- (2) Goldschmidt (8,9)
The Dodgers have yet to win a game this month. The Diamondbacks, led by Dodger killer Paul Goldschmidt, completed a three-game sweep on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium sending the Dodgers deeper into last place. Clayton Kershaw pitched well, and other than a Goldschmidt bomb following a Dee Gordon error, he was effective. Wade Miley also pitched very well other than a two-run inning by the Dodgers in the fourth. For some reason Don Mattingly keeps pitching to Goldschmidt, and the first baseman broke up the tie in the eighth inning with a solo homerun, his second homerun of the game, off Kenley Jansen.
The Dodger bullpen can’t seem to hold a lead, and the offense is virtually incapable of mounting any sort of late inning comeback. The Dodgers continue to struggle with runners in scoring position, and they went 2-for-8 with RISP tonight.
A.J. Pollack opens the game with a double down the third base line against Clayton Kershaw. Pollack tags up and moves over to third on a deep fly ball from Didi Gregorius. Paul Goldschmidt hits a comebacker at Kershaw which gets away from him, and the rare error from the ace allows Goldy to reach safely. The Dodgers are able to get out of the inning unscathed after Cody Ross hits into a double play! Dee Gordon almost botches the play as the ball bounces away from him, but he recovers nicely to start the DP.
Wade Miley whiffs Dee Gordon to start the home half of the first. Nick Punto is thrown out after attempting to reach on a bunt. Matt Kemp strikes out swinging, and the Dodgers go down quickly in order.
The Dodgers go down 1-2-3 in the second.
Kershaw’s first strikeout victim is Wade Miley in the bottom of the second. Gregorius draws a walk, but the Snakes can’t do anything else against Kershaw.
Wade Miley sends the Dodgers down in order in the third, and he has now retired nine in a row.
Cody Ross leads off with a single in the top of the fourth, but Clayton Kershaw uses his signature pickoff move to nab him! Prado grounds out, and Will Nieves strikes out to end the scoreless inning.
The Dodgers finally manage to hit Miley in the bottom half of the fourth. Gordon leads off with a single, and then Shredder Punto doubles to right field which easily allows Gordon to score! Kemp flies out, but Adrian Gonzalez doubles to right field to bring home Punto for the second Dodger run of the inning. A.J. Ellis flies out. Andre Ethier singles, but Uribe flies out to end the rally. The Dodgers take a 2-0 lead.
Gonzalez has to come out of the game after hurting himself while attempting to dive for a foul pop fly in the top of the fourth inning. Uribe now moves over to first base, and Luis Cruz comes in to play third. I’m not sure if Gonzalez aggravated his neck on the play. Wilson reaches safely on an error by Uribe. He can’t handle the chopper to first as the ball bounces away. Miley sacrifices Wilson over to second with a bunt. Pollack strikes out to end the inning.
Dee Gordon collect his second hit of the game with a single to right field with two outs in the fifth, but he promptly gets picked off while attempting to steal second.
Gordon then makes a bumbling error on a Gregorius grounder to start the top of the sixth inning. That’s the third Dodger error of the game. Paul Goldschmidt once again terrorizes the Dodgers as he smashes a two-run homerun over the left field wall to tie up the game 2-2. Ross singles. Nieves grounds out, but the damage is done.
Matt Kemp singles with one out in the bottom of the sixth, but the Dodgers can’t do much else.
Kershaw sends the Snakes down 1-2-3 in the seventh.
Elian Herrera gets his first hit since being called up with a two-out single in the bottom half of the seventh. Kershaw will be done for the night as Tim Federowicz, who was just called up, comes in to pinch-hit for him. FedEx grounds out to end the inning.
Clayton Kershaw pitched 7 innings, while allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits with 4 strikeouts and a walk on 104 pitches.
Kenley Jansen is in for the eighth inning. Kenley strikes out Pollack swinging. Gregorius grounds out. Goldschmidt proceeds to hit his second homerun of the night, a solo shot, and the D-backs take a 3-2 lead. Why are we pitching to him?! Ross strikes out to end the fateful frame.
In the bottom of the eighth, Miley retired Gordon and Punto before being replaced by Brad Ziegler. Ziegler strikes out Matt Kemp to end the inning.
Wade Miley pitched 7 2/3 innings, allowing 2 runs on 7 hits with 4 strikeouts and no walks on 102 pitches.
Ronald Belisario will pitch the top of the ninth for the Dodgers, and he pitches a very nice 1-2-3 inning.
We move on to the bottom of the ninth, and the Dodgers have one last chance to strike and stave off the sweep. Heath Bell is in for the D-backs since J.J. Putz is hurt. Skip Schumaker manages to hit a double down the left field line to lead-off the inning. A.J. grounds out to short, and Skip has to stay at second base. Ethier strikes out on a very low ball. Carl Crawford, who has a sore hamstring, will come up to pinch-hit. Crawford flies out to Ross, and that’s that.
The Dodgers now dip to 13-20 on the season after losing seven games in a row. Adrian Gonzalez, who strained his neck, is said to be day-to-day. The Dodgers are literally hurting. They desperately need a slump buster before they dig such a deep hole for themselves that they won’t be able to get out.
The Dodgers will take a breather on Thursday before the Miami Marlins come into town for a three-game set. Friday night’s game will feature Matt Magill vs. Jose Fernandez. Perhaps the Dodgers can regain some confidence with this upcoming series.