D-backs 6, Dodgers 1: Bumgarner turns back the clock while May struggles

After a sloppy doubleheader split yesterday, the Dodgers losing 6-1 today made it an even series split as well, with tomorrow’s game against the Diamondbacks now serving as a five-game playoff series type of rubber match.

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Dustin May basically didn’t have his location today at all, breaking off impressive pitches but never seemingly able to put an at-bat together. In the big picture it’s not a concern and completely expected coming off major arm surgery, but it definitely dents his chances of starting in the playoffs if improvement doesn’t come quickly.

May was knocked around for a run each in the 1st and 3rd, both of which were two-out singles that plated walks he issued, and then gave up the dagger in the 4th. He loaded the bases with one out and gave up a double that cleared the bases and accounted for all the runs.

4 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 4 K, 79 Pitches

For the pen, Chris Martin started things off with a scoreless 5th and Alex Vesia got a 1-2-3 frame in the 6th. But Tommy Kahnle couldn’t keep the streak going, as he hit the lead-off man who eventually scored on a sacrifice fly to make it 6-1 in the 7th, though Kahnle was effective.

The 8th was given to Caleb Ferguson, who got the pen back on track with a perfect inning, and credit to Trea Turner for the assist. Justin Bruihl then finished the D-backs off in the 9th with a perfect frame of his own.

The Dodgers had just that one run because Madison Bumgarner turned back the clock on the Dodgers, giving up just one run on a single hit in six innings, with that hit being a Mookie Betts solo shot (35). Of course he does this in the midst of a brutal year for him.

Perhaps most surprisingly, the D-backs pen held the Dodgers scoreless to close it out.

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103-46 on the year now. Win record dream is dead now, best they can do is tie.

TEAMCHASEGAMES
AstrosMLB4.5 Up
MetsNL10 Up
ClinchedNL WestDoesn’t Matter

The deciding game will start at 4:10 PM HT/7:10 PM PT/10:10 PM ET with Julio Urias facing off against Zac Gallen in a hell of an ace matchup.

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