Brandon McCarthy's third start was somewhat different to his first two, in that he struggled early, then settled down, at one point retiring ten Dodgers in a row. Unfortunately, that came after we were already four runs down. The Dodgers jumped out in the first inning, courtesy of a two-run homer from Adrian Gonzalez, and he doubled his RBI tally for the night in the third with a two-run single. With the bullpen wheezing, McCarthy did suck it up and took one for the team, ending the night in the eighth with a line of ten hits, a walk and six runs allowed.
The Diamondbacks just didn't have an answer for Hyun-Jin Ryu, who baffled them as effectively as he had the first time they met, in Australia. Miguel Montero's two singles were the only hits the team managed, and a walk by A.J. Pollock was the sole other runner to reach base for the Diamondbacks during Ryu's seven innings. Pollock got his second walk from the lead-off spot to start the ninth inning, but that went nowhere, and a Paul Goldschmidt double-play ended the game, and Goldie's streak of reaching base at 31 games, the fourth-best in team history.
We'll hope for better in every department tomorrow, when Wade Miley takes on Zack Greinke.