Dodgers Slam Diamondbacks in Opener
By Guillermo Salcido
The Arizona Diamondbacks were unable to continue their short 2-game winning streak as they were shutout by the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-0. The contest was the opener of a 3-game series between two National League West rivals.
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The Dodgers used the long ball to send them past the Diamondbacks, who were unable to cash in on some key opportunities. To be more specific, Los Angeles hit 3 home runs, including a grand slam. Arizona was 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position.
The game became unglued in only the 2nd inning. The top of the inning saw the Diamondbacks get two runners on board with only one out. Unfortunately for Arizona, Tuffy Gosewisch grounded out into a double play, ending the threat.
May 1, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson (31) hits a grand slam home run in the second inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Justin Turner started the bottom of the inning by hitting a home run to dead center field. Rubby De La Rosa would go on to surrender a single and two walks before one Joc Pederson stepped up to the plate. The rookie deposited the first pitch the right field bleachers for his 1st career grand slam.
After that ordeal, De La Rosa was able to settle in and retire the next 11 hitters until his departure after 5 innings. Unfortunately, the game was at a 5-0 Arizona disadvantage. Arizona was able to load the bases in the 6th but were again unable to cash in. An Andre Ethier homer in the 6th extended the lead to 6.
The bottom of the 8th saw the Dodgers hitters string another pair of walks into a threat to extend the lead even further. Pinch-hitter Scott Van Slyke would send a single to left field to drive in Howie Kendrick for a 7-0 lead.
May 1, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Rubby De La Rosa (12) pitches the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Rubby De La Rosa (2-2) surrendered 3 hits and 5 runs in 5 innings while striking out 6 batters. Carlos Frias (2-0) went 5 and 1/3 innings of scoreless ball while surrendering 4 hits and striking out 3 batters.
The Diamondbacks collected 5 hits in the game. Among them was Danny Dorn‘s 1st career MLB base hit. Paul Goldschmidt pitched in with a 2-for-4 game, including a double in the 9th inning. Yasmany Tomas and A.J. Pollock each collected a base hit as well.
The Dodgers (14-8) and Diamondbacks (10-12) will do it again on Saturday night at 6:10 PM MST in Los Angeles.