With the Los Angeles Dodgers mired in a three-game losing streak, Alex Wood looked to build on his previous outing, which was an eight-inning effort of one-hit ball. Wood faced the same Arizona Diamondbacks that pushed him around for eight runs (six earned) in just 1.2 innings on Sept. 11.
Wood went to a full count against the first batter faced, but got out of the inning on an efficient 10 pitches. Robbie Ray became the latest left-hander to fall victim to Justin Ruggiano, who hit a leadoff single that skipped off Brandon Drury’s and Nick Ahmed’s gloves before carrying into left field.
Howie Kendrick followed with a grounder that Paul Goldschmidt failed to corral, leaving two runners on with no outs via the error. Corey Seager was intentionally walked with two outs to load the bases, then Ray escaped the jam by getting A.J. Ellis to pop out.
Wood struck out Goldschmidt to start the second inning, then quickly retired Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Yasmany Tomas disrupted some of the southpaw’s momentum with a flare single to right field, but he was easily thrown out by Scott Van Slyke on his attempt to stretch it to a double.
Chris Heisey led off the bottom of the second with a base hit and was moved into scoring position with two outs on Wood’s sacrifice bunt. However, Ruggiano was unable to duplicate his success from the first inning and struck out swinging to strand Heisey in scoring position.
Wood set the Diamondbacks down in order in the third, facing the minimum to that point. The Dodgers also went quietly in the inning, sending the game to the fourth locked in a scoreless tie.
The scoring for the night began in the top of the fourth, after a lead off double by Ahmed. Chris Owings bunted Ahmed to third and A.J. Pollock’s RBI groundout gave the Diamondbacks a 1-0 lead.
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