The tables have turned on the Los Angeles Dodgers as the Arizona Diamondbacks have won 12 games straight and cut their lead to 11.5 games in the National League West.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have tied a franchise record for longest winning streak with 12 straight games. This is the first time the team has done it since 2003.
Part of the win streak has included beating the Dodgers in five games, including one series sweep and Tuesday’s 3-1 victory in 10 innings.
In perhaps the closest competition of late, the Dodgers scored one run off Zack Greinke – a solo shot off the bat of Yasmani Grandal in the bottom of the fifth inning. However, Greinke was a force on the mound.
While he didn’t earn the win, Greinke pitched seven innings, only giving up the one run and four total hits. He also struck out six batters and only threw 101 pitches.
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For the Dodgers, Hyun-Jin Ryu only allowed three hits in six innings, including one earned run, but Ryu walked five batters. Greinke only walked one.
In total, the Dodgers walked nine different batters, giving the Diamondbacks plenty of baserunners. This dropped the Diamondbacks average with RISP again, while it was on the rise, the team was 1-for-8 on Tuesday night.
Perhaps the most significant missed opportunity came in the fourth inning when the Diamondbacks had already scored one run. Daniel Descalso’s double had scored J.D. Martinez and moved Brandon Drury to third.
With two outs, Ryu walked Ketel Marte to get to Zack Greinke. Greinke grounded out to end the inning with the bases loaded.
The Diamondbacks had another opportunity in the ninth inning, where they had two runners on with two outs and Rey Fuentes struck out swinging.
Luckily, the perseverance of the Diamondbacks was stronger than the knack for leaving runners on base. Not so lucky for the Dodgers who walked Chris Iannetta and A.J. Pollock to start the 10th inning.
Martinez moved the runners over and Brandon Drury laid down a fielder’s choice to Justin Turner. Turner opted for the run at home, hit Chris Herrmann in the shoulder with the throw and allowed two runs to score. The error was originally ruled an E2 on Grandal, but was changed after the game when Herrmann revealed that the ball hit him.
Fernando Rodney earned his 35th save of the season after facing four batters in the 10th and giving up a single to Corey Seager.
With the win, the Diamondbacks have extended another streak. In 98 innings, the Diamondbacks have not trailed. The record is 102 innings set by the Oakland Athletics in 2002.
The Diamondbacks will look to sweep the Dodgers for the second time in a row, the team’s fourth consecutive sweep, while setting a new franchise record for consecutive wins and setting a new league record for consecutive innings without trailing.
All of the above relies on Taijuan Walker facing Kenta Maeda in Wednesday’s game at Dodger Stadium.
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