The Los Angeles Dodgers entered Wednesday’s series finale against the Arizona Diamondbacks with multiple streaks on the line. They were looking for a seventh consecutive win over the Diamondbacks, ninth in a row against Arizona at home, and were in position for a third consecutive series sweep of their National League West foe.
Additionally, the Dodgers were looking to conclude their seven-game homestand above .500 at 4-3 before a day off Thursday followed by five straight on the road. Brett Anderson wasn’t particularly sharp in his 12th start of the season, allowing the Diamondbacks to take a 1-0 lead in the first inning.
The Dodgers picked up their left-hander soon after, scoring four in the second inning to carry a 4-1 lead into the third. However, the Diamondbacks quickly threatened to cut into that behind consecutive singles from A.J. Pollock and Paul Goldschmidt with no outs.
Already with one RBI on the night, Yasmany Tomas stepped into the batter’s box representing the tying run. Tomas jumped on Anderson’s 1-0 pitch and drove the ball to deep center field, only to be robbed of a three-run home run by Joc Pederson.
Pederson’s impressive catch drew quite the reaction from Yasiel Puig and those in attendance, and the cheers were enough to get the normally stoic rookie center fielder to flash a big grin. The Diamondbacks came away empty in the inning, but fought back in the game before losing on a Howie Kendrick walk-off single.