David Peralta blasted a three-run home run in the top of the 5th inning and Robbie Ray shut the Dodgers down with 5.1 innings of one-run ball, as the Dodgers dropped the opener of this key four-game series 3-1. Ray out-dueled Rich Hill, who was the victim of a missed double play that allowed for Peralta’s home run.
With the game tied to start the fifth inning, Hill gave up back-to-back singles, then he got a ground ball that should have been a double play. Instead, the Dodgers had to settle for a forceout at second base because Justin Turner‘s throw was bad. This allowed the D-backs to get to Peralta in the fifth inning.
“I made a poor decision on dropping down [my arm angle], I should have stayed over the top and it cost us the game,” said Hill. “Also, giving up the hit to the pitcher frustrates me. Having that loss looms over us moving forward. These games are huge.”
When Peralta came to the plate, Hill decided to throw a sidearm pitch against him. It’s been effective in two-strike counts, but Hill has poor command of his pitches from that arm angle. Because of this, he doesn’t use it much in the first pitch of an at-bat. In this particular at-bat, he threw the pitch on the inner corner of the plate when he was supposed to throw it on the outer corner. Peralta made him pay.
The only bright spot of the game for the Dodgers came in the sixth inning when Manny Machado hit his 33rd home run of the year. It was also his 7th in his last 13 games.
Hyun-Jin Ryu and the Dodgers will look for redemption against Zack Greinke and the Diamondbacks. If the Dodgers don’t win today, they may never get back into first place this year. The game will start at 7:10pm PT.