The Dodgers prevailed over the Diamondbacks again tonight, just like last night, but it wasn’t anywhere near as easy. The Dodgers found themselves trailing after the first, second, and fourth innings, but rallied each time to tie the game, and then in the seventh they took the lead for good before adding an insurance run in the eighth to make the final score 6-4.
The Dodgers tied the game in the first off a solo homer from Justin Turner and a RBI double from Adrian Gonzalez, then came back again in the second with a Scott Van Slyke RBI single, and topped it off by knotting the game in the seventh off a Joc Pederson homer, which means he now has a homer in his last four games. The Dodgers finally took the lead behind a Howie Kendrick RBI single, and Jimmy Rollins added an RBI single in the eighth to tack on insurance.
On the pitching side, Scott Baker was an absolute dumpster fire, going through 83 pitches in just four innings, giving up seven hits (including two homers), two walks, and four runs. Somehow, it could’ve been a lot worse than that, which is generally what happens when you are sitting 88-91 mph and can’t locate pitches for strikes other than right down the middle.
Fortunately, the bullpen continues to be a revelation. Juan Nicasio pitched three perfect innings, striking out two batters, and now has a 1.46 ERA. Yimi Garcia came in to get the heart of the order and only allowed a walk to Mark Trumbo, striking out one. Finally, Chris Hatcher closed out the game, technically allowing two hits, but one of them ended the game as a David Peralta “single” hit the baserunner Jordan Pacheco.
– Yasmani Grandal had three hits, including a double, getting him above the Mendoza Line, finally.
– Reminder that all of this is being done primarily without Yasiel Puig, Hyun Jin Ryu, and Kenley Jansen.
National League OPS leaders, 8:45 p.m. May 2, 2015:
1) Adrian Gonzalez
2) Joc Pederson pic.twitter.com/YpIPzuw6ql
— Dodger Insider (@DodgerInsider) May 3, 2015