"I didn't have fastball command to start. Going into the game, just didn't establish early and put myself in some holes and had to battle out of those."
"We got a couple hits and had some good AB's, we just couldn't get anything going with runners in scoring position. We were in it the whole game. We just needed that big hit and couldn't get it tonight."
You can bet that Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw had this date circled on his calendar for almost a month now. Kershaw, who was battered by the D-backs for seven runs on May 17, was his Cy Young self against them Friday night as he led Los Angeles to a 4-3 win at Dodger Stadium.
Kershaw (6-2) gave up eight hits and one run, walked one, and struck out seven to win his third consecutive start. He didn't allow a runner past second base after the third inning. Diamondbacks rookie Chase Anderson (5-1) came up short in his bid to become the second NL pitcher since 1914 to win his first six career starts. He gave up five hits and two runs in five innings.
Here's a look at the loss to the Dodgers by the numbers.
Cahill on Thursday accepted an assignment to Class A Visalia in attempt to figure out the mechanical issues that led him to struggling so mightily this season at the big league level. Finally getting a chance to play on a near-everyday basis in the big leagues, Inciarte now finds himself on the disabled list for at least the next week. Tony Campana had fallen asleep during Triple-A Reno's late-night bus ride from Nashville to Memphis when the buzzing of his cellphone woke him.
For souvenir hunters, it's probably worth it to sit in the outfield bleachers when the Diamondbacks are playing, and that's not a testament to the power in the Diamondbacks bats.
Gregorius changed his stance and hitting approach. He is wider and lower as he stands in the batter's box, and his swing is more compact. As a result, his bat stays through the hitting zone longer.
Collmenter -- a reliever-turned-starter -- has pitched well of late, going 3-1 with a 3.34 ERA in his past five starts. The key for him in his rebound the last time out was locating down in the zone and mixing in his off-speed pitches.
They beat us to it!
From his seat in the first-base dugout, Derek Jeter extended an index finger toward the spot, pinpointing the location of arguably the most iconic play of his career. For anyone who saw the "flip play" develop in real time, its details are forever seared into memory.