Dodgers fumble their option to a break up with the Diamondbacks

The Dodgers lurched by a doubleheader Tuesday of two oddly comparable video games with starkly completely different outcomes.

The opener took three-plus hours starting at midday, and the Dodgers finally progressed from flat to targeted, exploding for 5 runs within the eighth inning to edge the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-5 at Dodger Stadium.

One other three-plus hours handed earlier than the second recreation started, and once more the Dodgers fell behind early, surrendering their third unearned run of the day within the second inning and two extra within the sixth, giving them a season-high 4 errors within the recreation — and 6 within the doubleheader.

Max Muncy hit a two-run house run within the sixth however Ketel Marte answered with a solo shot within the seventh, preserving the Diamondbacks forward. Muncy got here up in eighth and scorched a line drive with two out and a runner on, however proper fielder Jordan Luplow flagged it down. The Diamondbacks tacked on a run within the ninth to win 5-2.

Extra from the mirror: The Dodgers collected 12 singles and an Austin Barnes homer within the first recreation, and 7 singles and Muncy’s homer within the second recreation.

In each video games, the Dodgers reached base continuously however scored sparingly. Within the second recreation, Trea Turner and Freddie Freeman singled within the first inning. Cody Bellinger singled and Trea Turner walked within the third. Will Smith and Justin Turner singled within the fourth. All had been stranded.

“We didn’t play good baseball,” supervisor Dave Roberts mentioned. “It’s hard to win when you give up outs and give up bases.”

Dodgers starter Tyler Anderson continued to make a case for inclusion within the postseason rotation, giving up three unearned runs and two hits by six innings whereas putting out 5 and decreasing his ERA to 2.52.

However Anderson needed to personal a bases-loaded, no-out jam within the sixth. He hit a batter, dropped a throw protecting first on a grounder to Freddie Freeman and hit one other batter. Then the Dodgers protection, wobbly all day, obtained worse.

Carson Kelly hit a sacrifice fly to Mookie Betts, who noticed Jake McCarthy advancing to 3rd. Betts’ throw skipped previous Muncy, permitting McCarthy to attain. Anderson backed up the play however his throw house was errant, permitting Christian Walker to advance to 3rd.

The tally? Three errors within the inning — two by Anderson — and the Diamondbacks led 3-0.

“I felt good [pitching] but I turned into a one-man Bad News Bears for an inning,” Anderson mentioned.

The primary recreation elicited comparable frustration for the Dodgers till the eighth inning. An RBI single by rookie Miguel Vargas off the glove of Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Josh Rojas capped the five-run rally. It was the second hit of the inning for Vargas, who started the body with a pointy single that was adopted by Barnes’ house run to chop the deficit to 5-3.

“That’s a big moment for him,” Justin Turner mentioned of Vargas. “It’s not easy to go from playing every day in the minors to coming up and adjusting to a role, maybe playing once or twice a week.”

Arizona Diamondbacks’ Ketel Marte is hit by a pitch as Dodgers catcher Will Smith watches throughout the sixth inning Tuesday at Dodger Stadium.

(Mark J. Terrill / Related Press)

The Dodgers deliberate to have rookies Michael Grove and Ryan Pepiot pitch the complete first recreation to relaxation veterans relievers, however with the tables turned heading into the ninth, Roberts opted for right-hander Chris Martin, who retired the Diamondbacks with the intention to notch his second save since becoming a member of the Dodgers on the commerce deadline.

“We came out flat, so it was good to see life in the later innings,” mentioned Barnes, who singled twice along with hitting the house run that traveled 394 ft.

Roberts disputed the characterization, flatly saying, “I don’t think we were flat. We grinded out at-bats early and elevated pitch counts. They gave us extra outs in the eighth after we’d done everything earlier to give them the game.”

Grove struck out seven in 5 innings however surrendered 9 hits, together with two house runs. Making his fifth main league look and fourth begin, he leaned on an efficient curveball.

“He’s got a very good curve,” Barnes mentioned. “He battles, he competes out there.”

Grove’s four-seam fastball elicited zero swings and misses, nonetheless. He was victimized by errors by Freeman and Vargas that led to unearned runs, and the Dodgers trailed 5-1 when Pepiot took the mound to start the sixth inning.

Pepiot shook off a wobbly begin and threw three scoreless innings. With two on and one out within the sixth, he was late protecting first on a groundball by the speedy McCarthy to Freeman, who first turned to throw to second, thought higher of it and wheeled round to toss to Pepiot protecting the bag.

Umpire Adam Beck known as McCarthy protected however replay confirmed he was out. Pepiot settled down, putting out Christian Walker to finish the sixth, then retiring the Diamondbacks so as within the seventh and eighth.

Vargas made two poor throws, one coming instantly after he made an distinctive catch within the fifth inning. Marte adopted Walker’s thirty fifth house run with a pointy, slicing shot to left discipline that Vargas caught whereas twisting his physique to his proper after opening his left shoulder when the ball was hit.

Ten hours after the primary pitch of the opener, the Dodgers had a break up to point out for it, their report a still-gaudy 103-45 with 14 to play within the common season.