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Dodgers 8, Diamondbacks 6: Dee Gordon Is Fast, Dodgers Sweep Diamondbacks

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In yet another marathon game, the Dodgers clinched their three-game series with the Diamondbacks with an 8 to 6 victory, despite striking out sixteen times in the process.

The scoring opened on this laser by Matt Kemp on a Trevor Cahill sinker that didn’t sink:

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It’s probably a bad idea to miss there to him. Kemp went on to strike out three times, but let’s just remember this plate appearance instead.

Beyond Kemp, the offense was led by Dee Gordon, who had one of the best games of his career. Dee went 1-for-3, but walked twice (doubling his season total). More importantly, he stole four bases, including one that occurred without a pitch (GIF via Chad):


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Gordon is just the sixth player in franchise history to steal four bases in one game (though stolen base numbers are a bit iffy beyond the 50s). The last Dodgers to accomplish the feat was Rafael Furcal on September 15th, 2007. Davey Lopes did it five times.

The Dodgers appeared to put the game away in the third inning. The inning started in a frustrating fashion, with Dan Haren grounding out to right fielder Gerardo Parra. After that, the Dodgers tacked on four runs, started by Dee Gordon’s walk and two steals. Yasiel Puig walked and (hilariously) stole second. Hanley Ramirez drove in Gordon with the highest Baltimore Chop you’ll ever see, then Adrian Gonzalez drove them home with a home run, his fourth in the last four games. Gonzalez went 7-for-13 with three homers during the series, and was one of the main reasons why the Dodgers swept the Diamondbacks. After all was said and done, Cahill made 43 pitches and the Dodgers batted around.

Despite the early scoring, the game didn’t ever feel out of reach for the Diamondbacks. Haren looked very shaky today, throwing 110 pitches in 5-2/3 innings. He struck out five batters and walked just one, but he allowed a lot of hard contact, which led to ten hits, six of which went for extra bases. He was constantly pitching from behind in the count (starting the start with five straight three-ball counts), but with a bit of luck he only allowed three runs.

Even after the Dodgers re-expanded their lead to five runs, Jamey Wright made the game interesting yet again again. After allowing a three-run homer to Mark Trumbo, he allowed the next two batters to reach base before finally recording the final out in the seventh inning. J.P. Howell, Chris Perez, and Kenley Jansen (who was again throwing in the upper 90s) put an end to the scoring, securing the sweep.

After completing the sweep, the Dodgers have yet another day off. Mercifully, this is the last off-day in a while. Starting Tuesday, the team will play thirteen games in thirteen days, followed by a stretch of sixteen games without a break.

Carl Crawford missed today’s game due to “right side tightness.” The Dodgers say that it is “nothing serious,” which probably means that he’ll be on the disabled list soon enough. Too many outfielders, etc.


About

Daniel Brim grew up in the Los Angeles area and remains a Dodger fan despite currently residing in Salem, MA. As an engineer, he’s fascinated by the math and science behind the game of baseball, which probably explains a lot. He started “Blog To The Score” in late 2013 to dig deeper into the numbers behind the Dodgers. In its brief lifespan, it gained attention from local and national media. You can find him spending too much time in the comments section or on Twitter.


622 comments
Boxxybabee
Boxxybabee

It's so windy/rainy outside that it looks like there's a sandstorm going on.

deblueDodger
deblueDodger

tired of the D-back faces on Dbl-D's front page

steelmohawk
steelmohawk

Kyle, let me know when that actually becomes a problem

Lobo
Lobo

I'm really starting to hate this person who makes popcorn every day

DodgerBytes
DodgerBytes

How long do I wait before applying for social media gig at US Airways?

Boxxybabee
Boxxybabee

Describe yourself: "I am an avid chocolate lover..."

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Working on new post. Sorry for the delay, the program I use to make GIFs is being the worst.

Boxxybabee
Boxxybabee

It seems like this team's main problem is too much talent not enough roster spots. 

steelmohawk
steelmohawk

I think he wanted Dee to jump in the pool

steelmohawk
steelmohawk

How do I go about sending you 50 bags of microwave popcorn

moneynow27
moneynow27

@Lobo  

In a nice way, tell the guy that microwave popcorn is very unhealthy, and you can't stand the smell, and if he doesn't cease and desist, you'll pursue it to the fullest extent of the law.

Lance Uppercut
Lance Uppercut

@Lobo  CEO at my company hates it and everyone is too scared to pop some lol.

moneynow27
moneynow27

@Catfishin  

If Wilson is activated tomorrow, League will be the first to be DFA'd.  That's my story and I'm sticking to it.  But when Kershaw returns, someone will need to be injured.

Lance Uppercut
Lance Uppercut

@moneynow27  @Lobo @Lance Uppercut @Catfishin  I honestly don't see that call being made until the final year of his contract just like it happened with Guerrier. I think they'll ride with him through the year, maybe put him on a phantom DL trip to get his shit sorted out, but not a straight up DFA 13 games into the season.

moneynow27
moneynow27

@Lobo @moneynow27  @Lance Uppercut @Catfishin  

"We would rather pay Brandon League the $15M we owe him, no matter how he pitches and screws up our bullpen, than keep Chris Withrow, who Mattingly loves, and is lights out."  Ok, makes sense to me.

moneynow27
moneynow27

@Lance Uppercut @Catfishin @moneynow27  @Lobo  

I was waiting for someone to bring that up......Withrow is literally unhittable.  I mean, I don't think anyone has even hit a ball he's pitched in the last 3 appearances.   12 K's in 7 innings.....I don't think he's going anywhere.