- Samuel Rodriguez
Dodgers' offense comes alive in the eighth and hand the Diamondbacks their 15th Straight Loss 3-0
Los Angeles- The Los Angeles Dodgers handed the Arizona Diamondbacks their 15th straight loss of the season.
This was a defensive battle until the 8th inning. The diamondbacks burnt through five different pitchers after the 6th inning. Starting off with Caleb Smith, who had his best game. Smith went six innings, allowing one hit and five strikeouts. The loss was then handed to Joe Mantiply, who allowed three runs in the 8th. Mantiply allowed two hits alongside a home run.
While having the worst record in the MLB with 20-51, the Diamondbacks Manager Torey Lovullo had this to say about “ "We have to find a way to get out of it, It's time to find a way."
Dodgers' pitching on the other hand looked great. Bouncing back after a tough loss, this team played well. Trevor Bauer led the way, earning his seventh win on the season. Bauer threw eight strikeouts allowing three hits in seven innings pitched.
The Dodgers' offense struggled a bit with most hitters not even reaching base. The day was saved in the eighth when Right Fielder Steven Souza Jr cranked a home run after an 0-2 start. This was followed by a Mookie Betts Sacrifice fly to center, allowing Gavin Lux to score making it 2-0. Finally, Andy Burns came in to pinch hit for Bauer and ended up scoring, which tied the game 1-1.
Souza Jr spoke about his return from injury and how it felt to touch home plate where he injured himself after the game. "The last time I touched home plate didn't end well for me, being able to touch it and walk away being up 1-0 was definitely emotional."
Bauer also received some praise from Manager Dave Roberts about his tempo on the mound. "Just get the ball, get on the mound and keep things moving, I thought it would benefit me in my command and also help guys not stand out there for an extended period of time.” Bauer said.
The dodgers move on to 42-27 for the season. Their next game is tonight with Dodgers ACE Walker Buehler starting on the mound. Buehler is 6-0 with a 2.38 ERA in 13 starts. Walker will be going head-to-head with Brad Peacock. Peacock is 2-4 with an ERA of 5.26.