Arizona Diamondbacks beat Los Angeles Dodgers 7-2 in series starter – MLB Update
The National League’s Arizona Diamondbacks overpowered the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-2 in the opening outing of the three-game series at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles on Monday, September 12.
Diamondbacks started late but made an everlasting impression. The club was trailing 1-0 from the first inning and their batters were struggling hard against the opposing pitcher. However, the batting came alive in the sixth inning as they launched five runs
in a single inning.
Second baseman Aaron Hill shattered the scoreless spell with his grounder to left-field for an RBI single. First baseman Paul Goldschmidt singled to left, scoring Aaron Hill and sending Justin Upton to second base. Ryan Roberts made an impression with his
line drive RBI single. Goldschmidt was on third and Chris Young was on second base when left-fielder Gerardo Parra entered the plate to take the lead to 5-1 in the top of the sixth inning.
Parra again contributed and this time for an RBI double in the eighth inning to cemented the D-backs 86th win of the season. In all this hitting, catcher Miguel Montero remained hitless. Montero was keeping his hitting streak for 18 games but
he went 0-for-3 to end his career’s longest hitting streak.
D-backs’ starter Joe Saunders worked seven solid innings to acquire his 11th win and helped the D-backs reduce their margin to seven for snatching the NL West title. D-backs’ manager Gibson is more than happy with his bullpen.
"It's been a good run, but we've got to keep pushing because nothing's guaranteed," Gibson said. "You grow as a team, and certain things help you grow. K.T. (general manager Kevin Towers) has done a great job of fine-tuning what we thought some of our weaknesses
Dodgers’ Matt Kemp hit a solo homer and Jerry Sands scored an RBI single in the seventh. Besides these two, Dodgers’ batting squad remained on the back-foot.
Starter Ted Lilly worked just over five solid innings and allowed three runs on three hits striking-out five batters. Lilly allowed his first hit in the fifth inning.
"He threw the ball well, but nothing seemed to work out tonight," Dodgers’ manager Don Mattingly said. "It's frustrating."
Dodgers have lost 72 games and now their chances to be in the postseason have diminished.