See that pitch from Corbin? Then you're doing better than most of the Dodgers hitters did.
Record: 54-51. Pace: 83-79. Change on last year: -4.
Man, didn't this seem like a different series two days ago? Dodgers were coming home after thrashing the Giants, had moves coming down the pipeline from the trade deadline, and the Diamondbacks... Well, they had some wins, but it was not looking like a sure thing.
Fast forward 48 hours, and the DBacks are headed out of town on a high note. First two wins were big, showy productions, high scoring affairs where Arizona hammered the Dodgers with home runs. Today, though, featured a couple of long balls, but the real excitement took place on the mound for Arizona.
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|WP: Patrick Corbin (3 - 4)
LP: Stephen Fife (0 - 1)
The Dodgers did at least start the game off with something they hadn't managed yet this series- they kept Paul Goldschmidt from hitting a home run in the first inning. Stephen Fife did that by keeping Goldy from reaching the plate in the first inning, sending the DBacks down 1-2-3. In the bottom of the inning, though, Patrick Corbin looked like he might start his stint in the majors with some trouble. Two quick ground outs started it off, but he gave up a single and then a walk to let the Dodgers get a runner in scoring position. A fly out to center from Juan Rivera got him out of trouble, though.
In the second, the DBacks offense came to life. Well, sort of. Paul Goldschmidt started off with a single, and then he took second on what the score describes as Justin Upton "flied out on a bunt to the catcher." Interesting. Miguel Montero played his own game of Goofus and Gallant here- good Miguel Montero hits singles to center and brings his teammate around to score for an early lead, while bad Miguel Montero tries to take second and gets thrown out. That aggressiveness may have cost them- Chris Johnson drew a walk and then Stephen Drew hit a double to right that might have scored a runner from second, but Patrick Corbin struck out to end the inning. Still, the DBacks held a 1-0 lead.
The bottom of the second had some danger for Corbin, as well. Again, he got the first two outs quickly, but an error by Chris Johnson let A.J. Ellis reach and then Fife singled to right center to give the Dodgers two runners on with two outs. As Shane Victorino came to the plate, Dodgers fans held their breath to see how their trade would pay off, and... he lined out to center to end the inning.
After that, though, Corbin settled down. A lot. Well, mostly. In the third inning, he hit Hanley Ramirez with a pitch and walked Jerry Hairston Jr. in the foruth, but that was the last time the Dodgers got a baserunner against Corbin. Or the bullpen. The Diamondbacks pitching absolutely shut the Dodgers offense down, holding them to only two hits in nine innings. That's good to see.
Meanwhile, the Diamondbacks bats, while not up to the standards of previous nights, were working a lot better. Chris Johnson continued his fight to win our affections with a solo home run in the fourth inning. They threatened in the fifth, as a Jason Kubel walk and a Paul Goldschmidt HBP brought up Justin Upton. J-Up singled to right, but a surprising show of caution by Matt Williams had Kubel held at third for Miguel Montero. But several someones started referring to Miggy by a certain, questionable kitchen-based nicknames, and Miggy grounded into an inning ending double play. Alas.
Montero did redeem himself in the eighth inning, though. Brandon League took the mound to make his first appearance for the Dodgers and gave up a single to Paul Goldschmidt. Welcome to the National League, son. He got Justin Upton to hit into a fielder's choice, erasing Goldschmidt, but League was pulled so that Randy Choate could face Miguel Montero. Faster than League can say "I could have done that," Miggy launched a pitch to deep center for a two run home run, and the DBacks went up 4-0.
Meanwhile, on the other side? After Corbin left after the sixth inning, relievers came in and went 1-2-3. Brad Ziegler, David Hernandez, and J.J. Putz all came in and gave us a quick inning with a strike out. Easy, apparently. These guys swept the Giants?
A great outing for Corbin's first return- and fun to see the Dodgers get held to just two hits over nine innings.
A busy thread for a Wednesday afternoon, making the run towards four digits. Of course, almost a third of those were AzDbackfanInDc and $-The Moneyman-$, who were first and second in the tally. Also stopping by: Murricles, Tucson d-back fan, asteroid, grimmy01, Rockkstarr12, , dback4life, Bcawz, kishi, PR151, Fangdango, snakecharmer, BigLeagueAZ, hotclaws, blank_38, benhat, Gildo, Jim McLennan, marionette, onedotfive, rd33, porty99, txzona, CaptainCanuck, SenSurround, Augdogs, Red Reign, Rcastillo, rfffr, dbacks79, sonic barracuda, Muu, Electromikey, Turambar, TinySarabia, DentArthurDent, and PatrickPetersonAZ.
Comment of the Day goes to hotclaws for her comment on Montero's home run:
Accurate. And better than "Microwave."
So a sweep brings the DBacks 1.5 games back of LA, and we wait to see how the Giants play as the team flies to Philadelphia. A day off tomorrow, but I'm sure we'll be watching...