Dodgers @ Diamondbacks April 8, 2023: Syndergaard Vs. Davies Round Two in the desert

The Dodgers saw their three-game winning streak snapped last night as Arizona took Clayton Kershaw deep on back-to-back pitches to begin the sixth inning. They added a couple insurance runs off the Dodger bullpen, and the Dodger offense went silent, with three walks and no hits over the final 4 1/3 innings against the Diamondback bullpen. It was the first time the Dodgers had allowed more than four runs in a game this season and their third loss in six games against Arizona, after losing only five of 19 games against them in 2022.

Today, the Dodgers look to bounce back in a rematch of last Sunday’s contest, which the Diamondbacks took 2-1.

5:10 PM Phoenix
RF Betts 3B Rojas (L)
1B Freeman (L) 2B Marte (S)
C Smith DH Gurriel Jr.
3B Muncy (L) 1B Walker
DH Martinez LF Carroll (L)
LF Outman (L) RF McCarthy (L)
2B Vargas C Moreno
CF Heyward (L) CF Thomas (L)
SS Taylor SS Perdomo (S)
P Syndergaard (R) P Davies (R)

Noah Syndergaard gets the ball in his second start for the Dodgers. He looked pretty good in his Dodger debut on Sunday, as he allowed only a single through the first four innings. Corbin Carrol led off the fifth with a single, stole second and third and scored on a Geraldo Perdomo double to give the Diamondbacks their lone run off Syndergaard. He struck out six batters and didn’t issue a walk while topping out at 94.3 MPH. This is only Syndergaard’s second career start in Arizona, with the other coming in 2016. He allowed four runs (two earned) in 5 2/3 innings.

Zach Davies goes for the Diamondbacks tonight. Davies, in typical fashion, was tough on the Dodgers last Sunday. He allowed a first inning homer to Will Smith, but worked his way around three hits and two walks to toss five solid innings. Davies struggled a bit against the Dodgers last season, allowing 14 runs in 21 2/3 innings over five starts. In nine starts prior to last season against the Dodgers, Davies had allowed only 13 runs.

Miguel Rojas remains out of the lineup, with Chris Taylor starting at short for the fifth consecutive game.


The Dodgers made a minor league signing.

William Cuevas starts for OKC tonight. He made 13 appearances (five starts) over three seasons with Boston and Detroit. He allowed 20 runs in 22 1/3 innings. In four years in the KBO, Cuevas posted a 3.89 ERA in 486 1/3 innings.


First pitch is scheduled for 5:10 PT and will be shown on SportsNet LA.

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