Credit ESPN with the assist. Because the Dodgers had to play a late nationally televised game on getaway day, they arrived back home at three o'clock in the morning. And that's not accounting for jet lag.
So the Dodgers dragged their bodies to the game but their bats woke up late, not showing up until three hours after game time to start a futile comeback effort in the ninth inning. Hiroki Kuroda had an encouraging outing, throwing 86 pitches, striking out six and allowing two runs over five innings. But the bullpen didn't inspire, with five wild pitches (three by Cory Wade and two by Brent Leach—the five tying a franchise record) helping the Diamondbacks score the go-ahead run.
It was an especially rough night for Russell Martin; he was robbed twice by Mark Reynolds and spent more time running after errant balls than a SuperBall factory floor manager during an earthquake.
Look for everybody to wake up at the same time tomorrow—it doesn't get any easier, as the Dodgers face Dan Haren. Set those alarm clocks!