Dodgers @ D-backs April 22, 2017: Please don’t allow nine runs in one inning again

Photo: Stacie Wheeler

Last night’s eighth-inning collapse was so dumbfounding that the headline of Chad’s recap was longer than the recap itself. The Dodgers will attempt to rebound tonight behind Kenta Maeda.

Unfortunately, Maeda hasn’t gotten off to a very good start this year. In three games and 14 innings pitched, he has an ERA of 7.07, a FIP of 4.54 and a WHIP of 1.357. His last time out, he faced the Diamondbacks and lasted just four innings, giving up four runs on four hits and a walk. After 71 pitches, he was removed for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Dodgers ended up winning that game, 8-4.

Dodgers
D’Backs
5:10 p.m.
Phoenix
SS
Hernández
CF
Pollock
2B
Taylor
RF
Peralta
3B
Turner
1B
Goldschmidt
RF
Puig
3B
Lamb
1B
Van Slyke
LF
Tomás
CF
Pederson
2B
Descalso
C
Barnes SS Owings
LF
Eibner
C
Herrmann
P
Maeda (R)
P
Ray (L)

The Dodgers will see Robbie Ray for the second time this season. He pitched six innings against them on April 17, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits and four walks. Perhaps more notably, he struck out 10 batters. As I noted in that game thread, Ray’s strikeout abilities may be a bit underrated.

Ray will only face one left-handed batter tonight: Joc Pederson, making his fourth start against a left-handed pitcher this season (he did not face Ray in the prior game). Brett Eibner gets his second start of the year, this time in left field. Scott Van Slyke is at first base in place of Adrián GonzálezEnrique Hernández is at shortstop in place of Corey Seager, and Chris Taylor is at second base in place of Chase UtleyAustin Barnes is also catching in place of Yasmani Grandal.

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Not too much in the way of other Dodger news today, besides these updates on injured pitchers:

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Sarah Wexler
Sarah Wexler is a native Angeleno and longtime Dodger fan. She began blogging about baseball in 2012 on her Tumblr, New Grass On The Field, where she covered an array of topics but especially enjoyed exploring baseball history. She is now a reporter/producer for MLB.com. She earned her master's degree in Sports Management from Cal State Long Beach. She graduated from New York University in 2014 with a bachelor's in History and a minor in American Studies. She's an avid Springsteen fan, which is a big boost to her baseball writer cred.