As last night, the D-backs jumped out early. In this case, it was two home-runs, from Adam Rosales and Paul Goldschmidt which gave us a three-run first inning. Arizona kept up the pressure. Brandon Drury made if 4-0 with a double in the third, and two more runs crossed the plate in the fourth, courtesy of Chris Herrman’s homer and an A.J. Pollock RBI single. Meanwhile, Robbie Ray was cruising. He took a shutout into the seventh, and eventually left after 6.2 innings, having allowed one run on four hits and two walks with ten strikeouts.
Also as last night, the D-backs had to withstand a Dodgers’ comeback. This evening, it was shaky bullpen control which led to a three-run eighth. The inning had three walks and a hit batter, but Archie Bradley eventually left the bases loaded, with the tying run on second. Fortunately, Fernando Rodney was much better tonight, getting a 1-2-3 save to clinch the series win. It also means the Dodgers have lost their fourth in a row. They are beatable, after all!
Beercap to follow shortly.