Trevor Cahill labored through 4-plus innings in the second game of the Australian series, allowing five runs on eight hits and four walks. Control issues brought on too many quality hitter's counts, and Los Angeles didn't waste time capitalizing. The Dodgers got on the board in the first inning when Andre Ethier singled home Yasiel Puig. They then scored two in the third fifth innings, and tacked on another in the sixth when Puig doubled home Dee Gordon who had a bunt single but reached second on a throwing error by Miguel Montero. Their seventh run came in the next inning off of a sacrifice fly from Gordon, scoring A.J. Ellis.
The D-backs' offensive struggles continued early on in this one. Hyun-Jin Ryu went five strong innings, giving up two hits and fanning five. Paul Goldschmidt collected two hits and pushed his streak to 21 games, while five other D-backs had hits.We posed some "threats" in the sixth and seventh innings when the Dodgers went to the bullpen, but didn't strike until the eighth on Mark Trumbo's first hit as a D-back which plated Martin Prado. In the ninth, Prado singled home a couple to bring us within four. Two batters later, Trumbo stepped up and launched a Kenly Jansen slider over the left field fence to cut the lead in half. But Gerardo Parra struck out shortly thereafter and the game was over.
Now, the D-backs have a 15-hour flight home with the taste of 0-2 in their mouths. Not to mention the eight days they'll have to endure until they can reverse the trend when the "official" opening series against the Giants starts on the 31st.