Brandon McCarthy pitched seven strong innings and the Dodgers rallied for six runs in the fifth inning as they beat the D-backs 6-2 on Sunday, avoiding a series sweep.
McCarthy pitched seven solid innings in which he allowed two runs on five hits with three strikeouts. He had a rough first inning, in which he gave up a two-run home run to Dodger-killer Paul Goldschmidt. But after the first inning, McCarthy settled down and only three more D-backs reached base.
“It starts with the starting pitcher,” said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, “Brandon was pounding the zone, changing speeds, keeping the infield involved. It’s exactly what we needed.”
The Dodgers bats came alive in the fifth inning, scoring all six runs in the frame. McCarthy led off with a walk, then Joc Pederson walked, putting runners on first and second. Next, Corey Seager doubled to center field, allowing McCarthy to score, and Pederson was told to stop at third. Brandon Drury changed that when he was unable to catch the throw by Jeremy Hazelbaker. The ball just rolled away and the Diamondbacks just let it roll, seeing this, Pederson ran home and scored easily, tying the game.
The D-backs removed Shelby Miller from the game and replaced him with Randal Delgado. Justin Turner greeting him with a single, allowing Seager to advance to third.The Dodgers had runners on the corners for Adrián González, who did not disappoint. Delgado threw González a fastball low and away and he hit it off the wall in left field. Both Seager and Turner scored and the Dodgers had a 4-2 lead.
The next batter, Yasmani Grandal, hit a home run to right field and the Dodgers had scored six runs before the Diamondbacks were able to record an out in the fifth inning. The first pitch Delgado threw to Grandal was a changeup over the middle of the plate. Grandal got his bat on the ball and drove it over the wall in right field.
Keys To The Game:
A Deep Start:
Brandon McCarthy did what the Dodgers were unable to do the past two games, pitch past the fifth inning. His start was a relief for the Dodgers’ over-used bullpen, who had pitched 8 1/3 innings total earlier in the series.
Dodgers Do Know How To Hit:
The Dodgers bats finally came alive in the series finale. They were hitting, even with runners in scoring position. They went 4-9 with runners in scoring position, a .444 average. At the plate, the Dodgers were looking for a hit and trusting the next batter instead of trying to do it alone. That is the difference between scoring one run and scoring six.
The Dodgers travel to San Francisco for their first meeting against the Giants this year. Hyun-Jin Ryu will start for the Dodgers against Matt Cain. The Giants are operating without their ace, Madison Bumgarner, who was injured in a dirt-bike accident. Right now, the Giants have a record of 6-13 and the Dodgers are 9-10. The game will start at 7:15 pm PT. It will be televised on SportsNet LA.