Justin Turner started the game by drawing a walk from Madison Bumgarner. He then managed to steal second during a Mookie Betts at-bat. He then scored on a single by Cody Bellinger. Just like that, the Dodgers were out in front with David Price getting ready to take the mound. This felt very much like the last outing between these two starting pitchers. Given Arizona’s recent woes, watching the Dodgers pull away while the Padres creep closer felt like a real possibility.
Then Bumgarner settled in. After allowing that one run to score, the veteran lefty only allowed two hits and two walks. At the end of the day, MadBum allowed only one run in six full innings of work, giving his offense as much of a chance as they could possibly ask for. It turned out to be just barely enough. David Price matched Bumgarner all the way. At the end of six innings, the score was still tied at one each, thanks entirely to a solo bomb by Starling Marte earlier in that inning.
From that point on, it became a battle of bullpens, a game the Diamondbacks are much better equipped to play. Yoan López pitched a scoreless seventh inning. Junior Guerra came on one out later in the eighth and closed out that inning without allowing a run. Guerra then finished the game with a clean ninth. Meanwhile, the Diamondbacks were able to hang a three-spot on Brusdar Graterol in the bottom of the eighth, leading to a much-needed victory.
Final Score: LAD 1 - AZ 4
The player of the game was Madison Bumgarner. His bounce-back performance came at the perfect time for a struggling Arizona team.
The rubber game of the series and final game of this grueling stretch is tomorrow afternoon. The Dodgers are turning to Alex Wood to start. The Diamondbacks will rely on Robbie Ray to finish things off.