For the Arizona Diamondbacks to get where they want to go – whether that’s climbing back into the playoff race, or simply getting to .500 – they’re probably going to have to find a way to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers.
They did exactly that Monday night.
Nick Ahmed and Yasmany Tomas homered, nine different Arizona hitters scored at least one run and the D-backs overcame an early four-run deficit to knock off the Dodgers by a score of 10-6 in front of 24,215 at Chase Field.
The victory snapped a seven-game losing streak against LA.
Allen Webster got into trouble early, struggling to find the plate in the first, then giving up three long balls in the fourth. But Arizona hung around, frequently bunting and using aggressive baserunning to eventually tie the game on two separate occasions. And in the eighth, they took their first lead of the game on a Welington Castillo double.
That proved to be the difference.
With the win, the Diamondbacks are now five games back of the division-leading Dodgers in the NL West. They’re 3-7 against LA so far this season, with nine more meetings to go.
-With the infield shifted right in the first, David Peralta laid down a perfect bunt to surprise the Dodgers and pick up Arizona’s first hit of the evening.
-Nick Ahmed tried to rally the Diamondbacks a couple times in the game. He legged out an infield single and swiped a base with no outs in the third, but was left stranded at second. He then took matters into his own hands in the fifth, driving a Joel Peralta pitch over the left field wall for a two-run homerun to get the scoring started for the Diamondbacks.
-Paul Goldschmidt extended his hitting streak to 10 games.
-Cliff Pennington and A.J. Pollock pulled off a double steal with two outs in the seventh. David Peralta and Goldschmidt pulled off the same feat in the eighth.
-Arizona scored two runs each in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings. Then four more in the eighth.
-Allen Webster began the game by walking the first two batters he faced on eight pitches, finally throwing his first strike to Justin Turner on his ninth pitch of the game. He then hit Turner.
-Webster settled down for a little while and allowed just one hit and one run through the first three innings. The Dodgers hit him hard in the fourth though, chasing him from the game. Andre Ethier led off with a liner over the right field wall, and Yasmani Grandal took him deep into the left field seats, giving LA back-to-back homeruns for the third time this season. Jimmy Rollins then flew out to very deep center and, two batters later, Joc Pederson homered to right.
-Andrew Chafin had his scoreless streak end at 8.2 innings when Jimmy Rollins singled in a pair of runs in the seventh to give LA a 6-4 lead.
STAT OF THE GAME
6: Number of stolen bases by Arizona in the game.
HE SAID IT
“It’s just really unfamiliar territory for me. I want to be pitching. I just want to be trying to help this team win. I’m not able to do that. My shoulder’s not allowing me to do that. I just want to get it right and get back as fast as I can.” – Archie Bradley
-The Tomas homerun was reviewed after it appeared a fan in the left field seats may have helped pull the ball over the wall. The original ruling on the field was a homerun though, and that stood.
-Both starters were facing the team that originally drafted them tonight. It was the first time Webster had ever squared off against LA.
-Arizona hitters have delivered five homeruns in the last two games.
-They’ve also registered 19 extra base hits over their last seven home games.
-Goldschmidt tied Jay Bell for sixth on the D-backs’ all-time list with 303 walks when he was issued an intentional pass in the seventh. He also leads the Majors with 60 walks this year.
-Archie Bradley is scheduled to see Dr. James Andrews in Alabama on Wednesday for a second opinion on his hurt right shoulder.
-The Diamondbacks are now 5-5 in this 16-game stretch against NL West opponents.
The two clubs will meet nine more times this season, including game two of this three-game set at Chase Field on Tuesday. Rubby De La Rosa will take the mound for Arizona, while LA counters with Carlos Frias. First pitch is set for 6:40 pm, with coverage starting at 6:00 on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.
De La Rosa (6-3) has been on a roll of late, winning four of his last five decisions. In his most recent outing on June 25, he allowed just one run on five hits over seven innings in Colorado – but ultimately came away with a no-decision. Over his last three starts, he’s allowed just two earned runs over 22 innings while striking out 16.
He’s struggled against the Dodgers this season though, going 0-2 with 14 earned runs allowed over 10 innings. Both starts took place in LA.
Frias (5-5) picked up the win in his last start – a 4-0 shutout of the Cubs in Chicago on June 25. He went five innings and fanned five, stopping a personal slump in which he went 0-3 over his previous four outings.
In two starts against the D-backs this year, he’s 1-0 with just one earned run allowed over 12 innings.