Back to Reality: Dodgers Take Two of Three From Diamondbacks
Sep 11, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks catcherWelington Castillo
celebrates with teammates after hitting a three run home run in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Game 1: Dodgers-4 Diamondbacks-12
W: Ray (4-11)
L: Wood (10-9)
The Diamondbacks offense woke up to open up the series against the hated Dodgers in front of a great crowd at Chase Field.
Welington Castillo (BEEF MODE) got it started in the home half of the first hitting a three run homer part of a four run inning, and the offensive explosion continued.
The D-backs would score six more runs in the 6th as Paul Goldschmidt and Nick Ahmed each hit two run homers, and it was already 10-0.
In other words: If the mercy rule was apart of the MLB, this game would have been over.
Ahmed who has struggled with his plate discipline for most of this season went 4-for-4 with 3 RBI’s, finishing a triple shy of the cycle.
Dodgers starter Alex Wood had a short night allowing eight runs, six of them earned in just 1 2/3 innings. The Snakes own the 8th best average against lefties this season.
Robbie Ray allowed just two hits but he once again threw too many pitches (95 in 5 innings with just 66 for strikes)
Ray needs to learn to pitch deeper into games if he is going to stay at the MLB level.
Justin Ruggiano‘s 9th inning grand slam prevented a shutout.