Sloppy Play Demise in L.A.

May 31, 2010 by  

The Arizona Diamondbacks have now lost eight in a row as they struggle to earn a win and battle with sub-par relief pitching. While the current road trip does not look to be any less of a challenge for the Diamondbacks, it is one that they surely hope will make things will turn around for the team. In a less than familiar story, the cause of the Diamondbacks’ troubles were not centered around relief for the game against the Dodgers but plays on the field. Despite this, a play during D-backs’ relief pitching would cost the team the game. Rodrigo Lopez would face Chad Billingsley in a night game at Dodger stadium that was highlighted by the return of Dodger right fielder Andre Ethier.

Ethier would have a quiet evening as some hoped that he would be able to make an impact in the game. Andre would go 0 for 4 leaving three runners on base. Arizona would begin the game strong with a lead off double by Kelly Johnson who would be driven in on a home run by the next batter, Justin Upton. With a two to nothing lead, Chris Young and Chris Snyder would go yard to make the score four to nothing after one and a half innings of play. In the bottom of the second inning, the Dodgers would put their first run on the board as a result of a homer by Manny Ramirez. The Dodgers would score again in the following inning on a Matt Kemp single that would drive in Blake DeWitt.

The D-backs would be unable to drive in any more runs in the game as the two teams headed into the bottom of the eighth with the score four to two in favor of Arizona. With two outs in the bottom half of the inning, things would begin to unravel for the Diamondbacks. After a base hit by Rafael Furcal and a double by Matt Kemp, both runners would score on a fielding error by second baseman Kelly Johnson. In the bottom of the ninth inning with a runner on third, the game winning run would cross the plate on a balk by Esmerling Vasquez. The Diamondbacks would let the first game of the three game series slip away as they lose the game by a score of four to five. Dan Haren will pitch against John Ely in game two of the series as he looks to break the D-backs’ eight game losing streak and to bounce back from his last two uncharacteristic performances.

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One Response to “Sloppy Play Demise in L.A.”

  1. Dean Ouellette on June 1st, 2010 9:16 am

    This bullpen is killing me… if it keeps up this pace we need to start talking about it as one of the all-time worst.

    Also killing the team is the longball. The D-backs out homered the Dodgers 3-1 on the night, but despite that on this 7-game road trip they have been out homered by a 11-4 rate.

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