Dodgers-DBacks Game Recap: Gonzalez Homers In 4th Straight In Sweep
The Los Angeles Dodgers took on the Arizona Diamondbacks in their last game of a three game series at Chase Field. With Trevor Cahill on the mound for the D-Backs, he began by walking Dee Gordon but followed with strike outs to Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez in a hitless top of the first. Dan Haren got the start for the Dodgers and struggled a bit in the first allowing a hit and a walk early on. The Dodger starter gathered himself and finished the inning by striking out Mark Trumbo.
Matt Kemp led off the second inning with a solo homer giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. The Dodgers had little production otherwise with Cahill striking out Juan Uribe and Tim Federowicz to end the top of the inning. Haren escaped the second allowing just one hit and logging one strikeout.
Stealing bases and big at-bats defined the third inning for the Dodgers. Gordon walked and not only stole second, but also stole third all during one at-bat for his third stolen base of the game. Puig also drew the walk and stole second. Ramirez was then at the plate with runners on second and third with one out who just barely beat the throw on an infield single to send Gordon home. Adrian Gonzalez followed with a bomb to right field making the score 5-0. Kemp drew the walk, and Ethier hit a ground ball up the middle for a single all with just one out. After taking a beating, Cahill was finally able to get Uribe and Federowicz out to end the inning.
Haren also battled a bit in the third. After giving up a lead off double to Parra, he gave up a triple to Aaron Hill followed by a ground out by Paul Goldschmidt which put the D-Backs on the board for the first time in the game. Eric Chavez then hit a solo home run off of Haren making the score 5-3.
Cahill seems to regain composure in the fourth retiring three consecutive batters. After allowing a hit to Chris Owings, Haren got Tuffy Gosewisch to ground into a 1-4-3 double play right in time as Cahill followed with a double. Haren struck out Parra to end the inning. After giving up a walk to Ramirez and a double to Gonzalez to start the fifth, Cahill was replaced by Randall Delgado. Delgado gave up two runs finishing the top inning with the score 7-3. Other than a double to Chavez in the bottom of the fifth, Haren quickly retired three other batters.
Heading into the sixth, Gordon singled and stole second base yet again. After Delgado walked Ramirez with two outs and Gonzalez up next, Joe Thatcher got the call from the bullpen and struck out Gonzalez to end the inning. Pollock had a lead-off double in the bottom of the sixth, and Owings singled on a ground ball that Ramirez could not convert into an out. Haren finished his day by striking out Martin Prado, then Paco Rodriguez was called in for relief who picked off Owings at first to end the inning.
Will Harris came in for Thatcher in the seventh who logged two quick outs before giving up a home run to Uribe extending the Dodgers lead 8-3. Jamey Wright relieved Rodriguez after he gave up a lead off single to Parra. Wright gave up a base hit to Goldschmidt, leaving two batters on base as the Dodger reliever gave up a three-run home run to Trumbo with two outs as Arizona inched closer to the Dodgers with the score 8-6. Wright was able to get through the inning without allowing another run.
Harris continued into the eighth retiring three consecutive batters with Owings robbing Puig of a base hit. J.P. Howell came in the game for Wright and hit Tony Campana by a pitch to lead off the inning which resulted in the call to the bullpen for Chris Perez. Campana stole second, but Perez was able to hold him there as he recorded the final two outs of the eighth. Brad Ziegler replaced Harris heading into the ninth and had a quick 1-2-3 inning.
Kenley Jansen came in for the save in the bottom of the ninth. He got Chavez to ground out to Gordon, who made a nice play on a backhand. Jansen then struck out Trumbo and Pollock to end the game and give the Dodgers a three-game sweep.
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