Rubby de la Rosa deserved better tonight. I mean, you'll probably look at his line (4.1IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 1BB, 3K) and think, "oh there's Rubby bein' Rubby", but he really did. He cruised through the first 3 innings and made one mistake to Adrian Gonzalez in the 4th, which coincidentally was a solo home-run to deep center field. But he responded well, and got a inning ending double play after a Puig single.
The 5th was where things started unraveling for both Rubby and the defense. Back to back singles from Howie Kendrick and Joc Pederson put runners on the corners, although it should be noted that Owings fumbled the grounder in CF, allowing Kendrick to move to 3rd. He wasn't charged with an error but probably should have, it wasn't that difficult. Alex Wood was up, and he attempted to bunt but was unsuccessful, fouling off the third for the 1st out of the inning. After that was trouble, with Rubby inducing a grounder from Chase Utley to the hole in short that Ahmed rushed to 2nd and ended up as an error, scoring Kendick from 3rd and moving Pederson to 3rd. The next batter, Corey Seager, grounded to Segura who flipped onto 2nd for the out but it's Chase Utley and he proceeded to slide just like they teach you in Little League.
Mmmhmm. Still, Ahmed made a beautiful throw to Goldy, who clunked it and gave the Dodgers another run. After a Justin Turner HBP, Rubby's night was done as he gave way for Andrew Chafin who retired Adrian Gonzalez by strikeout to end the inning. That was all the Dodgers would need, as they stymied the D-backs the entire night and held on for a 3-1 victory.
Coming into this game, Alex Wood was actually roughed up pretty good against the D-backs. Of course, today was an exception. Besides a mistake to Nick Ahmed in the 3rd, he pitched fantastic tonight, allowing just 5 hits and 3 walks over his 7 innings of work. Kenley Jansen came on in relief and was superb, shutting down the D-backs over 1 2/3IP. That's not to say the D-backs didn't have their chances, with the team having runner in scoring position in 4 different innings. In each instance however, they were unable to collect the key hit when they needed it the most and lost 3-1. Here's the Game Graph.
Notorious B.I.G - Jean Segura (+8.8%)
Trevor Bauer - Rubby de la Rosa (-21%)
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Despite Kobe shooting every shot imaginable and the Warriors making history, 35 of us combined for 551 comments tonight as the D-backs lost to the other LA team. Comment of the Thread goes MrMrrbi, who incorrectly predicted Rubby's start tonight.
Come back tomorrow as the D-backs look to take the series against the Dodgers at 7:10.