July 31, 2020 at 11:01 pm
The Los Angeles Dodgers let the ballgame slip away in the bottom half of the eighth inning, spoiling Mookie Betts’ brilliant performance in an Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3 comeback victory. Zac Gallen‘s day began with a dominant top half of the first, as he struck out the side in swift fashion. Tony Gonsolin, making his season debut after being called up yesterday, was welcomed with an extra base hit into the right field corner. Mookie Betts fielded the ball and threw a direct 305ft dart to Corey Seager at third base, cutting down Ketel Marte who tried to extend his leadoff hit into a triple. Thanks to Betts’ heroics, Gonsolin escaped the first unscathed. Chris Taylor walked with 2-outs in the second, and would steal a base before the inning came to an end. Gonsolin and Gallen traded 1-2-3 frames until Betts led off the fourth inning with a solo shot to put LA out front 1-0 — his first homerun as a Dodger. Corey Seager and Chris Taylor each would follow with 2-out singles, but wouldn’t come around to score. Gonsolin worked around a 1-out walk to keep the Dodgers in front through four. Edwin Ríos led off the fifth with a double off of the center field wall, and would eventually come around to score on a Betts RBI single, putting the boys in blue up 2-0. Victor Gonzalez made his MLB debut for the Dodgers in the bottom half of the fifth, and worked around a single and a walk for a scoreless beginning to his career. Gallen’s 98th pitch of the game was his last, as he got Joc Pederson to lineout, ending the top half of the sixth. Arizona got on the board in the bottom half thanks to a Kole Calhoun RBI double. Dylan Floro entered to relieve Gonzalez, and after allowing a leadoff walk, he worked a double-play and a fly-out to escape the jam with LA still in front 2-1. The Dodgers would go down quietly against Alex Young to begin the seventh. Caleb Ferguson entered to pitch the bottom half, and worked a double-play to erase a leadoff single before finishing a scoreless frame. In the eighth, a solo homerun by Seager for a third straight night extended LA’s lead to 3-1. Blake Trienen began the bottom of the inning with a strikeout before a fielding error from Justin Turner gave Arizona a bit of life. Trienen followed with a walk of Calhoun, making him the tying run, before getting Starling Marte to ground out. With runners on 2nd and 3rd, Eduardo Escobar was intentionally walked, loading the bases with two outs. On the first pitch he saw, Christian Walker lined a bases-clearing double just out of the reach of a leaping Betts in center, emphatically flipping the script and giving Arizona a 4-3 lead late. Joe Kelly entered at that point and would allow an RBI single to David Peralta, putting the D-Backs ahead 5-3. Kelly would soon after work into and out of a bases loaded jam to send the game to the ninth. A 1-out walk to Matt Beaty brought the tying run to the plate, but Max Muncy struck out swinging for out number 2. Betts lined a ball that found outfield grass, putting him on second with Beaty at third, bringing up Cody Bellinger with a chance to tie. The struggling lefty popped up the first pitch he saw, and Los Angeles fell short 5-3.
The series is now tied 1-1, and the Dodgers will look to bounce back in game 3 of 4 at Chase Field tomorrow. Getting the start will be Julio Urías, who looks to continue a strong start to 2020. Arizona will give the ball to Luke Weaver, who got beat up in his first start of the year. Entering with an ERA of 16.20, and a 2.70 WHIP, he’ll have his work cut out for him with a hopefully frustrated LA lineup. First pitch is 5:10pm. Go Dodgers!
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