With the Arizona Diamondbacks sending left-hander Wade Miley to the mound Friday night, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly countered by starting Scott Van Slyke in left field, sitting Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier.
While Mattingly has often resorted to an all right-handed outfielder against left-hander starters, there was additional reasoning for putting Van Slyke in the lineup. Heading into the game, the backup left fielder was hitting a career .385 with three home runs.
Van Slyke nearly added to his success against Miley in his second-inning at-bat, flying out to dead center field. The left fielder would atone for coming up just short of hitting a home run by first smacking a double down the third base line in the fourth, then hitting the large wall in center at Chase Field for a solo home run in the sixth to give the Dodgers a 4-0 lead.
Van Slyke’s homer was the second of the game, with Yasiel Puig hitting the team’s first in the third inning.
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