Diamondbacks mauled by Dodgers again, swept in L.A.

Aug 30, 2023, 9:54 PM | Updated: 9:55 pm

Freddie Freeman #5 of the Los Angeles Dodgers salutes the bullpen as he runs the bases after hittin...

Freddie Freeman #5 of the Los Angeles Dodgers salutes the bullpen as he runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run to score teammate Mookie Betts #50 against pitcher Brandon Pfaadt #32 of the Arizona Diamondbacks during the third inning at Dodger Stadium on August 30, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

The Arizona Diamondbacks will quickly have to get over a three-game thrashing via the Los Angeles Dodgers to keep their playoff hopes alive, with Wednesday’s 7-0 series finale capping off an emphatic sweep by L.A.

The D-backs entered the series completely revitalized, winning 12 of their last 15 games after an awful slide down the National League standings the prior two months. But the big brother of the N.L. West outscored the D-backs 23-5 in the series to improve to 82-43, a record so great it’s unthinkable that Arizona once held a decent grasp on the top of the division at one point in the season.

Arizona (69-65) is now a half-game out from the San Francisco Giants (69-64) for the last wild card spot, and perhaps more importantly, two-and-a-half games behind the surging Chicago Cubs in second. The reeling Cincinnati Reds (69-66) and Miami Marlins (66-67) are also in the hunt but certainly lack momentum.

There is no shame in the series’s result given the severe talent and payroll disparity. But the way in which Arizona lost was unique, going away from past defeats mostly on the bullpen and/or offense, with starting pitching instead being the problem area.

After ace starter Zac Gallen gave up a season-high six earned runs and career-high four home runs on Monday, No. 2 Merrill Kelly followed with a season-high seven earned runs and career-high 12 hits allowed. That put the pressure on rookie Brandon Pfaadt to steer the ship back in the right direction, and although the right-hander was in good form coming in (like both Gallen and Kelly), there is no stopping this Dodgers lineup at the moment, helping them improve to 24-4 in August.

MVP candidate Freddie Freeman and outfielder Jason Hayward each hit two-run homers in the third inning, and Max Muncy added a two-RBI double in the fourth to put Arizona down 6-0. Five of the six runs were earned for Pfaadt, who exited after four innings with eight hits and two walks allowed.

Arizona’s offense only managed two hits and a walk off Dodgers starter Ryan Pepiot in his six scoreless innings.

The D-backs get Thursday off before beginning the final month of the regular season at home on Friday against the Baltimore Orioles, the start of a three-game series.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Starting pitcher Blake Watson was "more than efficient" in his first MLB start on Sunday. (Photo by...

Damon Allred

Diamondbacks can’t find run support behind stellar start from Blake Walston vs. Marlins

Blake Walston was excellent on the mound but the Arizona Diamondbacks struggled to provide run support in a loss to the Miami Marlins.

5 hours ago

Jordan Lawlar...

Alex Weiner

Diamondbacks top prospects Jordan Lawlar, Yu-Min Lin close to return from injuries

Diamondbacks top prospect Jordan Lawlar and pitching prospect Yu-Min Lin are nearing returns from injuries, farm director Shaun Larkin says.

16 hours ago

Tucker Barnhart and Paul Sewald...

Alex Weiner

Diamondbacks’ Jordan Montgomery, bullpen hold onto tight lead vs. Marlins

Diamondbacks starter Jordan Montgomery with relievers Ryan Thompson, Joe Mantiply and Paul Sewald kept a narrow lead intact over the Marlins.

23 hours ago

Blake Walston...

Arizona Sports

Diamondbacks to recall prospect Blake Walston for Sunday start vs. Marlins

Diamondbacks pitching prospect Blake Walston will make his first career major league start Sunday against the Miami Marlins.

1 day ago

Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo joined Burns & Gambo and praises designated hitter Joc P...

Bailey Leasure

Torey Lovullo: Diamondbacks’ Joc Pederson has fit into clubhouse

Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo joined Burns & Gambo and praised designated hitter Joc Pederson's start to 2024.

1 day ago

Zac Gallen...

Alex Weiner

Diamondbacks’ Zac Gallen trade impact clear 5 years later: ‘We had to take a risk’

Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen described the Zac Gallen trade -- soon to be five years old -- as tricky to pull off.

1 day ago

Diamondbacks mauled by Dodgers again, swept in L.A.