The Dodgers had dropped the first two games of the series at Chase Field, but had cruised to a 7-0 lead in the ninth inning this afternoon, behind the solid arm of Zack Greinke (7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 0 BB and 7 Ks over 102 pitches). Pedro Baez pitched a two-strikeout eighth inning. So Don Mattingly chose this time to pretend he was an American League manager!
Enter Paco Rodriguez: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, leaving his ERA at 13.50. Then Chris "Teri" Hatcher came in for 0.1 IP of 3 ER ball, leaving his ERA at 13.50. Finally, Joel Peralta had to "earn" the save with the final out of the inning, a ten-pitch AB resulting in a fly out to center. Couldn't have just gone with Baez for another inning, hey Donnie? Couldn't have chosen the easier path?!
But let's talk about the seven runs we did score, I suppose. Joc Pederson and Alex Guerrero each notched their first big league HRs, with three hits (HR, double, single) on each of their lines. Yasiel Puig broke out of his slump (sort of) with his first HR of the season (Puig still went 1-for-5 with 4 LOB).
Jimmy Rollins maintained his team lead with two more errors to give him four on the season, and also had 1 SB but 1 CS and 1 PO for a forgettable date on the basepaths (Rollins went 2-for-4). Andre Ethier had a triple, and Adrian Gonzalez went 2-for-5 to see his batting average drop to .609.
Two series under our belts and we're .500, a full game behind the first-place Rockies. Tomorrow we start a home series against the 3-3 Mariners, with neither Greinke nor Clayton Kershaw scheduled to pitch. Yikes.