The Dodgers continued with their rough start to the season Tuesday night. Arizona piled up six runs on eight hits en route to an easy victory. Zack Godley went for the Diamondbacks and cruised through seven innings despite the Dodgers hitting the ball hard.
In come concerning news, Clayton Kershaw again allowed a home run. Two in fact. Daniel Descalso went deep off of Kersh in the second, the third home run he’s allowed off of a left-handed bat. David Peralta went deep the following inning, also a left-handed hitter. Even though he pitched six quality innings while striking out six, his vulnerability to home runs is a major concern early on.
The Dodgers relievers weren’t much help either. Scott Alexander was charged three earned runs after he allowed the bases to fill up. He walked in on, and Pedro Baez backed him up walking in two more. Recent call-up Zach Neal then gave up a home run of his own to top off a magical night. All told, the bullpen allowed four earned runs and walked four batters. Not great by any means.
Another bases loaded walk scores Murphy. #Dbacks lead 4-1 in 7th.
— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) April 4, 2018
The offense was nearly just as lethargic after that marathon of a game the night before. They picked up just four hits and only one walk, with the only run scored in the third inning. The team went a combined 0-6 with runners in scoring position, as has been the trend early in the season.
The Dodgers are now 2-4, which is incredibly disappointing for a team with World Series aspirations. But there is good news along with that. Los Angeles has a tendency to start incredibly slow, as was the case last season. Through the first three weeks of their 2017 campaign which resulted in 104 wins, the Dodgers turned in an 8-10 record. So there is always hope, friends.
Alex Wood will take the mound to face off against Patrick Corbin in the final game tonight. Wood pitched eight scoreless innings in his last appearance.
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