After finishing 5-5 on their 10-game road trip out of the All-Star break, the Los Angeles Dodgers returned to Chavez Ravine Tuesday night, but a little home cooking didn’t do them any good.
Sonny Gray tossed a complete-game shutout, striking out nine and scattering three hits. One-third of his strikeouts came when facing Joc Pederson, who appeared frustrated throughout the night. Fellow Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier joined Pederson in not being particularly pleased with his results.
Ethier finished 0-for-2 with one walk and was caught stealing in the fifth inning. With the Dodgers trailing 2-0 in the eighth inning, he stepped to the plate looking to start a rally. He lined a ball sharply toward first base, only for Ike Davis to make a leaping catch, robbing Ethier of a likely extra-base hit.
Davis replaced Billy Butler at first base, for defensive purposes, and the three inches in height arguably made a difference in the play. Upon returning to the dugout, Ethier let out his frustration with repeated strikes to the bat rack, via Ryan Walton of the Valley Bay News: