With Sunday’s win, the Los Angeles Dodgers swept the Arizona Diamondbacks for the fourth time this season. In total, the Dodgers finished 15-4 against the Diamondbacks and took seven of the team’s final eight meetings, which spanned across three series.
Sunday’s game included two three-run home runs from Adrian Gonzalez, Andre Ethier getting hit in the back by an Oliver Perez, and subsequent ejections of Clayton Kershaw and manager Don Mattingly.
Although Ethier being hit wasn’t intentional, the Dodgers and Diamondbacks have history that dates back to last June’s brawl. With the Dodgers locked in a tight pennant race against the San Francisco Giants, Zack Greinke would prefer if it came against the Giants, via the LA Times’ Bill Shaikin:
If it was against the Giants, winning 15 of 19, I think it would be really valuable,” pitcher Zack Greinke said.
Andre Ethier acknowledged the rivalry with the Diamondbacks, but said it pales in comparison to what’s the team has with the Giants:
It’s a good rivalry,” Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier said. “It’s still never going to be the same as what the Giants are.”
The Dodgers hold a three-game lead over the Giants in the National League West standings heading into play Monday. The two teams will meet six more times with each hosting a three-game set.
As Mattingly did when the Dodgers traveled to San Francisco after the All-Star break, he’s aligned the starting rotation so the Dodgers will send their top three pitchers to the mound in both series. The Dodgers’ success against the Diamondbacks this season hasn’t held true when they’ve faced the Giants.
The Dodgers are just 6-7 against their long-time rival and are 4-3 in the last seven games. Last season, the Dodgers overtook the Diamondbacks for the NL West title and to repeat as division champions, they’ll need to hold off the team they view as a bigger rival.
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