Dodgers Use 8th-Inning Rally to Defeat Diamondbacks, Capture Opening Series

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Capitalizing upon the poor pitching of starter Walker Buehler and reliever Pedro Baez, the Diamondbacks used a seven-run fourth inning to take control of the series’ final game on Sunday afternoon, but it wasn’t enough to prevent a potent Dodgers offense at the end of the game from claiming another victory.

Powered by a two-run double off the bat of A.J. Pollock, the Dodgers rallied for three runs in the eighth inning to reclaim the lead and capture the win, 8-7. In the process, the Dodgers won their 2019 opening series three games to one, outscoring Arizona by a whopping total of 42 runs to 22.

The 42 runs were the most by the Dodgers during a four-game stretch in team history.

The Dodgers led Sunday’s contest early after Joc Pederson scored on an Enrique Hernandez sacrifice fly to center field in the bottom of the first. One batter later, Alex Verdugo sliced a double to the center field alley, scoring both Pollock and Cody Bellinger.

Leading 3-0 at the end of the first frame, the Dodgers appeared to have the upper-hand.

Los Angeles stretched the lead to four in the third when Bellinger slugged his team-leading fourth long ball of the season to center field. Bellinger went 3-for-5 on the afternoon, increasing his season average to an even .500.

The game fell apart for Buehler in the fourth inning when the Diamondbacks laced two run-scoring singles off the bats of David Peralta and Ketel Marte. With Baez relieving later in the frame, Nick Ahmed connected on a double to right field, plating both Marte and Jake Lamb. To top off the Arizona rally, Baez surrendered a two-run homer to his counterpart—pitcher Luke Weaver—breaking the game open for the Snakes.

After 3-1/2 innings, Arizona led 7-4.

The Dodgers narrowed the gap to two in the bottom of the fourth when Ildemaro Vargas mishandled a Bellinger grounder, scoring Russell Martin.

With a perfect fifth inning, lefty Scott Alexander settled the Arizona offense down, putting the Los ANgeles pitching staff back on track.

Although not spectacular, Yimi Garcia, Caleb Ferguson and Dylan Floro all threw well enough in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to keep the Snakes’ offense contained.

In the bottom of eighth frame, Pollock delivered yet another clutch hit in his early days as a Dodger, this time a double down the right-field line, scoring Bellinger and pinch-hitter Justin Turner. Pollock later came home on a Max Muncy sacrifice fly to center, giving Los Angeles the lead for good, 8-7.

Kenley Jansen pitched a perfect ninth inning to notch his first save of the season.

Floro registered the victory. Yoshihisa Hirano took the loss for Arizona.

Continuing the homestand, up next for the Dodgers is a three-game series  with division rival San Francisco beginning on Tuesday.

 

 

6 thoughts on “Dodgers Use 8th-Inning Rally to Defeat Diamondbacks, Capture Opening Series

  1. This team is very good. That team is not. Neither is the team coming to town but you know they will do their best to compete with their rivals. Everybody wants to beat the best, especially in their Division.

    My confidence level remains high.

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  2. The Dodgers scored 42 runs in 4 games and their run differential is +20. The Giants scored 5 runs in 4 games. Looks like a mismatch coming in, but throw all that out of the window with the Giants. Urias makes his 2019 debut tonight against the Gnats. Lets hope he is more efficient than Walker was yesterday and that performance yesterday should put to rest the argument that he should have started the opening game. He is still a kid and was far from season ready yesterday. Observations through the first series. This team has some serious pop so the Kemp-Puig power loss argument loses some steam. Neither Kemp nor Puig have a hit yet. Matt has only played 1 game. But none of the Reds are exactly tearing the cover off of the ball. Pollock, Pederson and Bellinger are pretty much a seriously good outfield bunch, and they do not lose anything when Verdugo goes out there. Muncy has not found a groove yet and did not do so all spring. Taylor is still flailing away. The supposedly beefed up back of the pen has struggled. But it is only 4 games in. They have time to get better. Stewart has done nothing to prove he belongs on this roster. They will be better when CK and Hill are back and Stripling can return to his long man role…

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    1. I agree with all that Bear. That run differential after just 4 games is outstanding. But the fact remains that Arizona is in rebuild mode and without Corbin and Goldschmidt their identity is being redefined. Greinke will get better but the rest of that staff looks most iffy. The giants will be motivated but they stink too. The real test will happen when we leave town Friday. Those 7 games will test our mettle.

      Good to see you back. How’s California treating you? Say hello to your sister for me. She doesn’t know who I am but it’s always nice to know people are thinking of you. Ok, maybe not always…….

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      1. It has been a nice visit so far. Have seen a couple movies and helped out around here. We are going to the Dodgers-Reds game on the 17th. it is a day game with 1/2 price eats. Dirtbags may not be good, but they scored 5 runs in their first 4 games for the first time in their history. Overall the games were not bad. Some very good points, as the defense was pretty good. They are also taking their walks. Belli with 4 dingers in 4 games….Joc with 3. Overall they look good. BP still has issues. I will say hi to my sis for you….

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      2. I think the dbacks are capable of scoring some. Kelly and Walker look they can hit. I don’t believe their pitching will hold up

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