The offense couldn’t quite support a mediocre outing by Dan Haren today, and the Dodgers lost yet another frustrating game to the Diamondbacks by a score of 5-3. This is the first series loss against the Diamondbacks this year and the Dodgers have lost three of their last four games.
Dan Haren was hit pretty hard tonight, though the defense didn’t help much at the beginning. In the second inning, Dee Gordon made a great leaping catch (his first of two outstanding defensive plays today), but Cody Ross doubled off of Yasiel Puig‘s glove after Puig got a bad jump. A.J. Pollock hit an infield single to Juan Uribe, who took too long to throw the ball. As if that wasn’t enough, Hanley Ramirez threw the second leg of a double play past first to allow a run to score. Things didn’t go better for the defense in the third inning. Gerardo Parra hit a ball through Haren’s legs, then Haren threw a pitch through Butera’s legs. Parra scored on a Chris Owings single.
It’s hard to complain much about the defense when home runs are hit, though. Ross hit a booming homer to straightaway center in the fourth inning. Eric Chavez, who was put into the game after Martin Prado was removed due to blurry vision, hit a two-run shot in the fifth. Haren made it through six innings, allowing five runs (four earned). He struck out three batters and walked none. Haren has just seven strikeouts in his last three starts. After Haren’s departure, the Brandon League Redemption Tour continued with another two scoreless innings, giving the bullpen some much-needed rest.
The Dodgers did manage to hit Diamondback starter Josh Collmenter pretty hard, but not often enough. Hanley Ramirez and Adrian Gonzalez both hit home runs, but ultimately Collmenter went 5-1/3 innings, allowing three runs on four hits. He struck out three batters and walked two.
After Collmenter was removed, the offense was quiet until the eighth inning. Ramirez reached on an error, then Gonzalez hit an infield single. Andre Ethier singled to right field, but Hanley did not score despite the fact that Lorenzo Bundy was waving him in. The throw went to second, so Hanley would have been safe. Matt Kemp lined to second to end the threat. The Dodgers failed to score in the ninth, so Hanley’s mistake didn’t impact the outcome of the game.
Yasiel Puig went hitless today (though he was hit by a pitch in the eighth inning) snapping his hitting streak after 16 games.