Diamondbacks late rally not enough in loss to Dodgers


Apr 11, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Mark Trumbo in the dugout in the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chase Field. The Dodgers defeated the Diamondbacks 6-0. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

When will it stop? To be completely honest I have no idea. The Diamondbacks dropped another game to the rival Dodgers 8-5 in front of another great crowd at Chase Field Saturday night.  One of the keys to the game on the Fox Sports Arizona brodcast last night was to put a dagger in the Dodger swagger. They feel like they own Chase Field after last year’s pool party, and to be quite honest the Dbacks aren’t doing that good of a job protecting their home turf. After Saturday’s loss, the Dbacks are now 1-5 at Chase Field this season and 0-4 against the evil empire.

Wade Miley who was supposed to the stopper for the Dbacks after getting two wins in his last two starts to stop losing streaks, wasn’t the same Wade Miley that we have seen this season. He was missing his spots with all of his pitches and was behind in the count for most of the night. The Dodgers seemed to rarely miss his pitches and it resulted in a 8-5 Dodgers victory. Los Angeles has won their second series against Arizona. Miley talked about his outing with MLB.com: “I just didn’t have it tonight,” he said. “I didn’t locate. I wouldn’t say I was pressing at all. I just didn’t locate and that’s what it boils down to.”

The Dbacks are now 4-10 to start the season and 5 games back in the competitive National League West. The Dbacks and Dodgers ended up having the same number of hits 12 on the night and both teams left the same number of runners on base but the Dodgers got the timely hits when it mattered most and that was the difference. Adrian Gonzalez had another two run homer and Juan Uribe had a two run single for the Dodgers and it was already 4-0 Dodgers in the third. Yasiel Puig drove in the fifth run in the fourth with an RBI single.

Zach Greinke was dominant for the Dodgers scattering eight hits over 5 and a third innings and allowing one run to earn his third victory of the season. He exited early due to a high pitch count. The Dbacks left 11 runners on base and were 3 for 14 with runners in scoring position. The Dbacks had two out base runners all night long but they were left on in every instance. The Dbacks are batting below .200 with RISP and have left over 100 runners on base this season the most in the majors.

That has to change if the Dbacks want to win. A.J Pollack led of the fifth with a solo shot to make it 5-1 and you thought the offense could get going but it was quickly quieted once again. The Dbacks scored three in the 9th but it was to little to late. The Snakes will look to salvage the final game of the series this afternoon when Trevor Cahill takes the mound.