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After having every chance to win the game in LA, the D-backs leave with a series loss but did show some life and fight as they continue their terrible season. The D-backs head to Wrigley Field for a series with the Cubs as Bronson Arroyo looks to right the ship.
I think we did the right thing there. We decided to put him on and go for Puig. Just thought that if we made better pitches, we had a better chance of getting him out. Also, you have the forceout at second base if you need it, too. He made us pay for it.
I'm pretty sure they're going to turn it around. I think the rotation has struggled up to this point. Pitching can be just as contagious as hitting. You get a couple bad starts in a row and guys get in a funk. I've seen it before. The lineup from top to bottom is too good. They're going to score enough runs and the pitching is going to get better.
We have five guys that are all similar to me. We need to be on top of our game, we need a little luck to go our way and we need to feel good physically and we need to feel dialed in mentally about what we're doing out on the field. If we can do that consistently enough then you look at the whole picture and say these guys did their job.
With a man on and first base open with two outs in the sixth inning Sunday afternoon, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson decided to intentionally walk Gonzalez. Unfortunately for the D-backs, the next hitter -- Yasiel Puig -- blasted a three-run homer to left-center off Josh Collmenter, and the Dodgers went on to a 4-1 win at Dodger Stadium.
The Diamondbacks intentionally walked hot-hitting Adrian Gonzalez with first base open to get to Yasiel Puig. That didn't work out -- nor did Miguel Montero's ill-fated decision to test Puig's arm in right field. Puig hit a three-run homer off Josh Collmenter during a four-run fourth inning and threw out Montero trying to stretch a single into a double in the second, two of the turning points in the Diamondbacks' 4-1 loss to the Dodgers on Sunday in the rubber game of the third series this month between the NL West rivals.
- D-backs outfielder A.J. Pollock was forced to leave Sunday's 4-1 loss to the Dodgers in the sixth inning after he experienced tightness on the left side of his neck. - With his success in the bullpen, the D-backs have no immediate plans to return Trevor Cahill to the starting rotation. - When D-backs second baseman Aaron Hill walks to the plate at Chase Field, Pharrell Williams' "Happy" blares over the speakers.
The Cubs and D-backs open a four-game series Monday night at Wrigley Field, and their statistics tell an interesting story. The D-backs' starting pitchers are last in the National League in ERA, one of the reasons they are sitting at the bottom of the National League West standings.
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