Diamondbacks vs. Dodgers Round 1 Recap

Los Angeles Dodgers v Arizona Diamondbacks
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Merrill Kelly
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Monday, April 25th
Dodgers 1 - Diamondbacks 3
W: Buehler (2-1, 2.55 ERA); L: Kelly (1-1, 1.69 ERA)

This is probably a game the Diamondbacks would like to forget. Walker Buehler tossed the first complete-game shutout of the season and it was not pretty to watch. Buehler fanned ten and was cruising the whole time, only letting four baserunners the whole game. Unlike games past, the Diamondbacks didn't take any walks. I think with more activity around the basepaths, this game gets a bit more interesting.

What I did like about this game was another great pitching performance from Merrill Kelly. Merrill entered this game with a casual 0.59 ERA. His three-run, six-inning performance had him leaving with a very nice 1.69 ERA. I also want to point out the number of home runs he's given up this season: 0. Through twenty-one and a third innings, he's given up no home runs. I am a firm Merrill Kelly believer and think this is going to be an excellent season for him.

And how could I not mention another stellar appearance from Tyler Gilbert, who pitched three innings, gave up just one run via a solo homer, one other hit, and a walk. I'm loving any time Gilbert is on the mound this season. I would love to see a full return to the rotation, but he looked great in that long relief role, too. Keep it going, Tyler!