With the Los Angeles Dodgers mired in a four-game losing streak, their vision of snapping the skid with Zack Greinke on the mound was dashed Wednesday afternoon when he was scratched due to right calf soreness. Instead, Carlos Frias was tasked with getting the Dodgers back in the win column and cooling off the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Frias’ first inning of work couldn’t have come any easier as he retired the side in order on just nine pitches. The Dodgers again received early offense, this time courtesy of Chase Utley who swung at Chase Anderson’s first offering and hit a solo home run. The leadoff home run was Utley’s first of his career, and seventh for the Dodgers this season.
The Dodgers’ 1-0 lead didn’t last long as Paul Goldschmidt’s solo home run on the first pitch of the second inning tied the game. Frias quickly recovered and retired the next three batters faced. Jimmy Rollins drew a walk in the bottom of the second, but Frias’ bunt attempt was popped up to Anderson for the third out.
After Frias tossed a quick third inning, Anderson breezed his way through the bottom half of the inning by striking out the side. Frias kept the Diamondbacks off the bases in the fourth, ending the inning by getting Goldschmidt to ground out.
Anderson ran his streak of consecutive punchouts to five as he struck out Andre Ethier and Yasmani Grandal in the bottom of the fourth. Scott Van Slyke snapped the streak, but was nonetheless retired to end the inning with the game still locked in a 1-1 tie.
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