Braden Shipley's second major-league start went very, very well. He threw six shutout innings, in fact, holding the Dodgers to five hits and a walk with four strikeouts. The Diamondbacks' defensive alignments seemed to be particularly on fire this evening. It seemed almost any time a Los Angles batter squared up the ball, it was hit right to a fielder. But all credit to Shipley, too, whose shutout was never seriously threatened. It perhaps helped he was given the lead before taking the mound, as Jean Segura led off the game with his ninth home-run of the season.
The lead was then extended further in the second inning, on RBI doubles by Chris Owings and Segura. But that was all the scoring either team would manage until the top of the seventh, when Brandon Drury drove in Phil Gosselin, making the line 4-0 to Arizona at that point. The Diamondbacks bullpen was in the game, and it was a bit up and down. Emilio Burgos allowed a run in the seventh, but Adam Loewen pitched a scoreless frame, with the help of a critical Dodgers TOOTBLAN. Jake Barrett came on for a four-out save opportunity and, although allowing a solo home-run in the ninth,. closed the door to clinch the game and even the series.
Now, breathe... Chandler will be along with the full recap in a bit, all being well.