The Dodgers did something on Thursday afternoon that they have not been able to do very often. The boys in blue won their second straight game against Arizona, defeating the snakes five to two. It was a rare series split between the two, and the Dodgers had to walk away feeling like they had won a playoff game.
The Dodgers win, 5-2. They are 14-17. They managed a split with the DBax. They can thank Jorge De La Rosa.
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) May 3, 2018
Alex Wood got the start in this game and had everyone holding their breath at one point. Wood came off of the mound weird and had to be checked on by trainers. This just one day after Los Angeles lost Hyun-jin Ryu for the majority of the season to a groin tear.
Wood ended up tossing five innings of one-run baseball. He also struck out eight Diamondback hitters and walked two. His season earned run average now sits at 3.83, much higher than last year. Regardless, it was an excellent game for Wood. He did not receive the decision though, as the win eventually was awarded to JT Chargois.
The offense only squeaked out one run in the first seven innings. That was a solo home run by Austin Barnes in the second off of the red-hot Patrick Corbin. Corbin held the Dodgers to just three hits in six innings, so they struggled to get anything going against him.
The Diamondbacks bullpen was a whole different story altogether. Chafin came on for an inning and shut them down for his inning. Then Fernando Salas gave up a few hits and a walk, eventually resulting in the offensive explosion in the eighth. The Dodgers put up four runs on Salas and De La Rosa, mostly off of wild pitches. The Dodgers finished with seven hits and went two for nine with runners in scoring position.
The good news is that Alex Verdugo continues to produce. He hit another double down the line, putting his average at 353 since his call-up. He may be just what the doctor ordered for a struggling team.
The bullpen had another good night for Los Angeles, which is also not a common occurrence. Yimi Garcia got touched up in his 2018 debut, but everyone else held it down. Edward Paredes got a few lucky bounces, JT Chargois was great, Ross Stripling went 1-2-3 and Kenley Jansen did not allow a baserunner. All in all, a great team win for Los Angeles. The team will head south of the border to play a few games against the Padres in Monterrey, Mexico this weekend.
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