OOTP 21: June 23, 2020 – D’backs 5, Dodgers 4 – Kolarek’s second inning of work does Dodgers in

Why Dave Roberts decides to push his relievers way out of their comfort zone in this simulation is beyond me. Whether it’s overusing Caleb Ferguson, under-using Pedro Baez or, this time, having Adam Kolarek try to pitch to more than three batters, it always does the Dodgers in.

And, well, the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday, 5-4, at Chase Field.

Leading the charge for Arizona was catcher Daulton Varsho. He went 3-for-4 with a home run and a double. He scored 2 times and drove in 2. Fireballer Yoan Lopez, now 2-1, was credited with the win after getting two outs in relief. Arizona has run its win streak to 7 in a row. It’s so cute because they’re still in last place in the NL West.

Arizona took a 5-4 lead on Nick Ahmed‘s 6th home run of the season — because of course it was him, the notorious Dodger killer. The 2-run home run came off Kolarek in the bottom of the eighth.

We squandered some opportunities,” Robots said.

Gee, computer Dave, ya think?!

Cody Bellinger went 2-for-3 and hit his 15th homer of the season. He’s having trouble, so far, repeating his 2019 MVP campaign, but he’s still hitting .283 with those 15 dongs. Mookie Betts had two hits as he continues to acclimate himself well in the National League. The most surprising stat of the season so far might be the fact Justin Turner has nine stolen bases on the season. He’s really taking that “leadoff htiter” thing to heart.

Dustin May had a solid outing after a couple of rough ones: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R/ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, 77 pitches, 51 strikes. And the aforementioned Kolarek needed just 14 pitches to blow the game for LA.

The Dodgers fall to 45-35 with the loss. They’ll try to avoid the series sweep on Wednesday. Walker Buehler will square off against Robbie Ray.

About Dustin Nosler

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosts a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He is a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.