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Gameday Thread, #105: 8/1 vs. Dodgers

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Patrick Corbin
RHP, 2-4, 4.15


Stephen Fife
RHP, 0-0, 1.46

The Diamondbacks have already extended their undefeated series streak on Los Angeles against the Dodgers to five, but can they go one better and make a sweep of it? You've got to go back a long way to find the previous time that happened: all the way to August 2007, in fact, for the last occasion where we won three in Chavez Ravine. We almost did so last September, taking the first two before falling by one run to Clayton Kershaw in the finale, leaving the tying run on base in the ninth. There'll be no Kershaw around to save the Dodgers this afternoon: instead, it's a battle of rookies with just seven major-league starts and two victories between them.

Line-up and stuff after the jump.

  1. Gerardo Parra CF
  2. Aaron Hill 2B
  3. Jason Kubel LF
  4. Paul Goldschmidt 1B
  5. Justin Upton RF
  6. Miguel Montero C
  7. Chris Johnson 3B
  8. Stephen Drew SS
  9. Patrick Corbin

Somewhat insulted by the description of this as a "trap series" for Los Angeles. No: a trap series is the one we had against the bottom-dwelling Cubs after the All-Star break. We came into this one with a record only 4.5 games back of the Dodgers - and we'd swept them, by a combined score of 17-5, earlier in the month at Chase Field. If this was any kind of "trap" for them, they must possess the memory span of a goldfish. Still, as long as they can continue to suck for a few more hours, they can call it a trap series all they want. We'll just call it "another sweep".

Bloomquist out of the line-up again. If you've been wondering where he has gone, he has apparently been suffering from back spasms - not clear how much this may have played into the team's non-trade of Drew before the deadline. But as long as we get another first-inning homer from Goldzilla, I think we'll be okay.