Jake Lamb hit a go-ahead solo home run in the eighth inning and A.J. Pollock and David Peralta each collected four hits as the Diamondbacks rallied to beat the Dodgers 4-2, splitting the four-game series at Dodger Stadium.
Brandon McCarthy pitched five innings of two-run ball in which he struck out eight Diamondbacks. He received a no-desision. In the first inning, three D-backs reached base, but Yasmani Grandal caught two of them trying to steal second.
“That was awesome, especially starting out the game,” said McCarthy, a former D-back. “Some of them know me and know some of my tendencies.”
Robbie Ray also pitched well, pitching six innings of two-run ball with ten strikeouts. Not only did Ray pitch well, he also went 1-2 with a single to right field in the fifth inning Ray’s single kept the inning alive and allowed the D-backs to score two runs in the inning.
Kiké Hernández gave the Dodgers a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning with a leadoff home run. According to Statcast, the ball left the bat with an exit velocity of 106.8 mph and a launch angle of 37 degrees.
The Diamondbacks came back and tied the game in the fifth inning with RBI singles by A.J. Pollock and David Peralta. With two outs, Robbie Ray singled and kept the inning going for Pollock, who hit a cutter into center field for a single. The next batter, David Peralta, hit a first-pitch cutter into right-center field, tying the game.
In the seventh inning, Chris Hatcher pitched around singles by Pollock and Peralta, escaping without surrendering any runs. Hatcher came back in to pitch the eighth and immediately gave up a leadoff home run to Jake Lamb. Once again, the first pitch was a cutter and Lamb hit it just over the wall in right field.
The D-backs added another run in the ninth inning off of Luis Avilan. With A.J. Pollock on first with two outs, David Peralta hit a fastball into right field for a triple. Pollock scored and the D-backs had a 4-2 lead.
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The Dodgers’ bullpen has been used much more than it should have been after short starts from Kenta Maeda and Rich Hill. The Dodgers did not have a long reliever available so Dave Roberts turned to Hatcher for multiple innings. Hatcher pitched well in his first inning, but after sitting on the bench and getting back up, he allowed a leadoff home run.
The Colorado Rockies are coming to Dodger Stadium for a two-game series. The Dodgers will send out Hyun-Jin Ryu, who has not pitched five innings in either of his starts this year. The Rockies scored two runs off of Ryu in his first start of the year. The Rockies will send out lefty Kyle Freeland who will be making his third Major League start, his second against the Dodgers.