Kershaw

25 Jun 19
New Delhi Times

Arizona made sure there wouldn’t be any late heroics in a fourth straight game by the rival Los Angeles Dodgers. Instead, it was the Diamondbacks who came up big. David Peralta hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the eighth inning and the Diamondbacks rallied for an 8-5 win over the NL West-leading Dodgers on Monday […]

25 Jun 19
High Velocity Sport

Real or not? Mets, Phillies collide on their roads to nowhere https://es.pn/2YaQZan At 10 a.m., train A left the station and an hour later train B left the same station on a parallel track. If train A traveled at a constant speed of 60 mph and train B at 80 mph, then at what time […]

25 Jun 19
Left Coast Sports Babe

US women’s team advances today against Spain 2-1 with both goals scored on penalty kicks – the second especially controversial. Guess this is equality. We can now add Women’s World Cup 2019 to list of events where officials are part of the story.   NY Knicks got fined by NBA for not giving New York […]

25 Jun 19
National Post

BASEBALL-MLB-LAD-ARI/RECAP Reuters America Wire David Peralta drove in the go-ahead run in a four-run eighth inning, pitcher Zack Greinke hit a home run, and the Arizona Diamondbacks stopped the Los Angeles Dodgers’ six-game winning streak with an 8-5 victory Monday night in Phoenix. Arizona’s Ketel Marte, returning to the lineup after missing two games because […]

25 Jun 19
Whittier Daily News
#gallery-1835757-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1835757-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1835757-1 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1835757-1 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks’ Christian Walker connects for a three-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks’ Christian Walker (53) shakes hands with third base coach Tony Perezchica (8) while rounding the bases after a three-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw shouts after giving up a three-run home run to Arizona Diamondbacks’ Christian Walker during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts as he walks off the mound during the first inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Starting pitcher Zack Greinke #21 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a single against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a RBI double against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger watches the flight of his run-scoring double against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson (31) celebrates with assistant hitting coach Aaron Bates (33) after scoring against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Starting pitcher Zack Greinke #21 of the Arizona Diamondbacks prepares to pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Joc Pederson, left, catches a pop fly by Arizona Diamondbacks’ David Peralta as Dodgers second baseman Max Muncy (13) looks on during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zack Greinke throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks’ Zack Greinke (21) arrives at home plate after hitting a home run as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes, left, pauses nearby during the second inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts as he walks off the mound during the first inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: A fan falls onto the field as he attempted to catch a foul ball during the second inning of the MLB game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu #99 (top right) of the Los Angeles Dodgers watches from the dugout with teammates during the first inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy, right, tosses his bat after earning a walk with the bases loaded against the Arizona Diamondbacks as Dodgers’ Kyle Garlick (41) runs to home plate to score a run during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Carson Kelly, left, and Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner (10) look up on a wild pitch by Diamondbacks relief pitcher Yoshihisa Hirano as the ball gets past everyone during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a single against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Infielder Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers fields a ground ball out against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Outfielder Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers fields a single during the sixth inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Kyle Garlick #41 of the Los Angeles Dodgers high fives Chris Taylor #3 after scoring against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the seventh inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: David Peralta #6 of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits a RBI single against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Christian Walker #53 of the Arizona Diamondbacks reacts as he scores a run off relief pitcher Dylan Floro #51 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Manager Torey Lovullo #17 of the Arizona Diamondbacks high fives Ketel Marte #4 after scoring against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Dylan Floro walks off the field after being taken out of the baseball game during the eighth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) PHOENIX — For three days, the Dodgers gave everyone something they had never seen before – consecutive walk-off home runs by rookies. This looked a lot more familiar. The Diamondbacks scored four times in the bottom of the eighth inning against the Dodgers’ bullpen on Monday night, handing them an 8-5 defeat that snapped the Dodgers’ six-game winning streak. Over their past 33 games, the Dodgers have gone 24-9. Six of the nine losses have been charged to relievers and the collective group has a 4.61 ERA in that stretch. Dylan Floro was the culprit against the Diamondbacks, allowing the first four batters in the eighth inning to reach base. “There have been moments to a man when they’ve been very good,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “It’s just unfortunate that someone has a bad night then it reflects on the whole bullpen. The way we’ve been used you have a few guys down tonight so you give other guys an opportunity to perform. Tonight, it just didn’t work out for Flo, for us. “These are our guys right now and we’ve got to continue to run them out there.” Roberts would normally have gone to Pedro Baez in the eighth inning Monday but Baez was unavailable due to his recent usage (including pitching both Saturday and Sunday). Roberts went to Floro with the score tied instead. Floro wasn’t charged with an earned run in his first 16 appearances this season. Since then, he has given up 13 runs in 10-1/3 innings over 13 appearances. It is the kind of trend line that prompted Roberts to describe his bullpen as “reliable at times” earlier this season. The Dodgers are on pace for 111 wins this season and running away with the division. But can a bullpen that is only “reliable at times” carry them to the October finish they want? “That’s a fair question,” Roberts said. “I do think it gives an opportunity to see what you have. As the season goes on, you give guys opportunities to pitch well and see how they respond. Then as the season moves on you really know what you have and decide what we need to do – if anything. “Right now, where we’re at, these are the guys we’re going to continue to run with until there’s a change.” If the bullpen breakdown seemed familiar, the starting pitching matchup certainly was. As teammates from 2013 through 2015, Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke were a combined 104-34. Monday was just the second time they faced each other since Greinke left L.A. for the Arizona sunsets following the 2015 season. They matched each other pitch for pitch – in the first inning. Both threw 22 pitches and gave up three runs in the first inning. All of the Diamondbacks’ runs came on a three-run home run by Christian Walker, who has three home runs and four hits in eight career plate appearances against Kershaw. But Greinke got the better of Kershaw in the second inning, hitting his third home run of the season on a 91-mph fastball from Kershaw. That gave the Diamondbacks a 4-3 lead Greinke nursed into the seventh inning. Kershaw stuck around for six innings but the four runs he allowed were the most by a Dodgers starter since Kenta Maeda gave up five against the Angels on June 11 in Anaheim. And Kershaw finished with just two strikeouts, his lowest total of the season. “Just a bad game,” Kershaw said. “It’s just unfortunate. They scored three runs for me early and I just gave it right back. This lands on my shoulders to do better and do better next time.” Kershaw didn’t have to shoulder all of the blame. The Dodgers went 2 for 4 with runners in scoring position against Greinke in the first inning, getting RBI doubles by Cody Bellinger and Chris Taylor. But they went 1 for 8 the rest of the game, the lone hit an RBI single by Muncy with two outs in the ninth after the Diamondbacks had taken control. In the sixth, they put runners at first and second with no outs thanks to a single by Bellinger and an error by Walker on a potential double play. But Greinke struck out Taylor, Kiké Hernandez and pinch-hitter Matt Beaty, throwing 13 pitches to the trio – not a single fastball. The three Dodgers saw five changeups, four sliders and four curveballs and couldn’t put any of them in play. “I think it’s just him being a competitor, bearing down and making pitches when he needed to,” said Bellinger, who was intentionally walked twice by the Diamondbacks. “We got off hot, just couldn’t finish the game for him.” After a leadoff single in the seventh, Greinke was done for the night. Two relievers – lefty Andrew Chafin and righty Yoshihisa Hirano – combined to load the bases then Hirano forced in the tying run when Max Muncy worked him for another walk. Taylor took a called third strike to leave the bases loaded that inning and the score stayed tied into the eighth. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”]Floro came out of the bullpen and gave up three consecutive singles to start the inning, the go-ahead run scoring on the third hit by David Peralta. After a walk loaded the bases, another run scored on a sacrifice fly by Nick Ahmed. Bellinger’s pointless throw to third base – sailing over the cutoff man – allowed the trail runner to move into scoring position. That made Tim Locastro’s two-out single a two-run single, completing the damage. “That first at-bat to (Ketel) Marte was a seeing-eye single, a flare,” Roberts said. “Then (Eduardo) Escobar and Peralta took two really good swings and it just kind of snowballed, couldn’t limit the damage, then the hit from Locastro, a soft liner, a flare but sometimes that’s how it goes.” Hear from @ClaytonKersh22 following his outing against the #Dbacks. pic.twitter.com/6ArKmuWaht — SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) June 25, 2019
25 Jun 19
Press Telegram
#gallery-2217762-2 { margin: auto; } #gallery-2217762-2 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-2217762-2 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-2217762-2 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks’ Christian Walker connects for a three-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks’ Christian Walker (53) shakes hands with third base coach Tony Perezchica (8) while rounding the bases after a three-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw shouts after giving up a three-run home run to Arizona Diamondbacks’ Christian Walker during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts as he walks off the mound during the first inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Starting pitcher Zack Greinke #21 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a single against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a RBI double against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger watches the flight of his run-scoring double against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson (31) celebrates with assistant hitting coach Aaron Bates (33) after scoring against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Starting pitcher Zack Greinke #21 of the Arizona Diamondbacks prepares to pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Joc Pederson, left, catches a pop fly by Arizona Diamondbacks’ David Peralta as Dodgers second baseman Max Muncy (13) looks on during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zack Greinke throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks’ Zack Greinke (21) arrives at home plate after hitting a home run as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes, left, pauses nearby during the second inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts as he walks off the mound during the first inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: A fan falls onto the field as he attempted to catch a foul ball during the second inning of the MLB game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu #99 (top right) of the Los Angeles Dodgers watches from the dugout with teammates during the first inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy, right, tosses his bat after earning a walk with the bases loaded against the Arizona Diamondbacks as Dodgers’ Kyle Garlick (41) runs to home plate to score a run during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Carson Kelly, left, and Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner (10) look up on a wild pitch by Diamondbacks relief pitcher Yoshihisa Hirano as the ball gets past everyone during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a single against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Infielder Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers fields a ground ball out against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Outfielder Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers fields a single during the sixth inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Kyle Garlick #41 of the Los Angeles Dodgers high fives Chris Taylor #3 after scoring against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the seventh inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: David Peralta #6 of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits a RBI single against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Christian Walker #53 of the Arizona Diamondbacks reacts as he scores a run off relief pitcher Dylan Floro #51 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Manager Torey Lovullo #17 of the Arizona Diamondbacks high fives Ketel Marte #4 after scoring against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Dylan Floro walks off the field after being taken out of the baseball game during the eighth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) PHOENIX — For three days, the Dodgers gave everyone something they had never seen before – consecutive walk-off home runs by rookies. This looked a lot more familiar. The Diamondbacks scored four times in the bottom of the eighth inning against the Dodgers’ bullpen on Monday night, handing them an 8-5 defeat that snapped the Dodgers’ six-game winning streak. Over their past 33 games, the Dodgers have gone 24-9. Six of the nine losses have been charged to relievers and the collective group has a 4.61 ERA in that stretch. Dylan Floro was the culprit against the Diamondbacks, allowing the first four batters in the eighth inning to reach base. “There have been moments to a man when they’ve been very good,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “It’s just unfortunate that someone has a bad night then it reflects on the whole bullpen. The way we’ve been used you have a few guys down tonight so you give other guys an opportunity to perform. Tonight, it just didn’t work out for Flo, for us. “These are our guys right now and we’ve got to continue to run them out there.” Roberts would normally have gone to Pedro Baez in the eighth inning Monday but Baez was unavailable due to his recent usage (including pitching both Saturday and Sunday). Roberts went to Floro with the score tied instead. Floro wasn’t charged with an earned run in his first 16 appearances this season. Since then, he has given up 13 runs in 10-1/3 innings over 13 appearances. It is the kind of trend line that prompted Roberts to describe his bullpen as “reliable at times” earlier this season. The Dodgers are on pace for 111 wins this season and running away with the division. But can a bullpen that is only “reliable at times” carry them to the October finish they want? “That’s a fair question,” Roberts said. “I do think it gives an opportunity to see what you have. As the season goes on, you give guys opportunities to pitch well and see how they respond. Then as the season moves on you really know what you have and decide what we need to do – if anything. “Right now, where we’re at, these are the guys we’re going to continue to run with until there’s a change.” If the bullpen breakdown seemed familiar, the starting pitching matchup certainly was. As teammates from 2013 through 2015, Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke were a combined 104-34. Monday was just the second time they faced each other since Greinke left L.A. for the Arizona sunsets following the 2015 season. They matched each other pitch for pitch – in the first inning. Both threw 22 pitches and gave up three runs in the first inning. All of the Diamondbacks’ runs came on a three-run home run by Christian Walker, who has three home runs and four hits in eight career plate appearances against Kershaw. But Greinke got the better of Kershaw in the second inning, hitting his third home run of the season on a 91-mph fastball from Kershaw. That gave the Diamondbacks a 4-3 lead Greinke nursed into the seventh inning. Kershaw stuck around for six innings but the four runs he allowed were the most by a Dodgers starter since Kenta Maeda gave up five against the Angels on June 11 in Anaheim. And Kershaw finished with just two strikeouts, his lowest total of the season. “Just a bad game,” Kershaw said. “It’s just unfortunate. They scored three runs for me early and I just gave it right back. This lands on my shoulders to do better and do better next time.” Kershaw didn’t have to shoulder all of the blame. The Dodgers went 2 for 4 with runners in scoring position against Greinke in the first inning, getting RBI doubles by Cody Bellinger and Chris Taylor. But they went 1 for 8 the rest of the game, the lone hit an RBI single by Muncy with two outs in the ninth after the Diamondbacks had taken control. In the sixth, they put runners at first and second with no outs thanks to a single by Bellinger and an error by Walker on a potential double play. But Greinke struck out Taylor, Kiké Hernandez and pinch-hitter Matt Beaty, throwing 13 pitches to the trio – not a single fastball. The three Dodgers saw five changeups, four sliders and four curveballs and couldn’t put any of them in play. “I think it’s just him being a competitor, bearing down and making pitches when he needed to,” said Bellinger, who was intentionally walked twice by the Diamondbacks. “We got off hot, just couldn’t finish the game for him.” After a leadoff single in the seventh, Greinke was done for the night. Two relievers – lefty Andrew Chafin and righty Yoshihisa Hirano – combined to load the bases then Hirano forced in the tying run when Max Muncy worked him for another walk. Taylor took a called third strike to leave the bases loaded that inning and the score stayed tied into the eighth. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”]Floro came out of the bullpen and gave up three consecutive singles to start the inning, the go-ahead run scoring on the third hit by David Peralta. After a walk loaded the bases, another run scored on a sacrifice fly by Nick Ahmed. Bellinger’s pointless throw to third base – sailing over the cutoff man – allowed the trail runner to move into scoring position. That made Tim Locastro’s two-out single a two-run single, completing the damage. “That first at-bat to (Ketel) Marte was a seeing-eye single, a flare,” Roberts said. “Then (Eduardo) Escobar and Peralta took two really good swings and it just kind of snowballed, couldn’t limit the damage, then the hit from Locastro, a soft liner, a flare but sometimes that’s how it goes.” Hear from @ClaytonKersh22 following his outing against the #Dbacks. pic.twitter.com/6ArKmuWaht — SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) June 25, 2019
25 Jun 19
Daily News
#gallery-3189959-3 { margin: auto; } #gallery-3189959-3 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-3189959-3 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-3189959-3 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks’ Christian Walker connects for a three-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks’ Christian Walker (53) shakes hands with third base coach Tony Perezchica (8) while rounding the bases after a three-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw shouts after giving up a three-run home run to Arizona Diamondbacks’ Christian Walker during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts as he walks off the mound during the first inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Starting pitcher Zack Greinke #21 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a single against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a RBI double against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger watches the flight of his run-scoring double against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson (31) celebrates with assistant hitting coach Aaron Bates (33) after scoring against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Starting pitcher Zack Greinke #21 of the Arizona Diamondbacks prepares to pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Joc Pederson, left, catches a pop fly by Arizona Diamondbacks’ David Peralta as Dodgers second baseman Max Muncy (13) looks on during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zack Greinke throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks’ Zack Greinke (21) arrives at home plate after hitting a home run as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes, left, pauses nearby during the second inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts as he walks off the mound during the first inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: A fan falls onto the field as he attempted to catch a foul ball during the second inning of the MLB game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu #99 (top right) of the Los Angeles Dodgers watches from the dugout with teammates during the first inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy, right, tosses his bat after earning a walk with the bases loaded against the Arizona Diamondbacks as Dodgers’ Kyle Garlick (41) runs to home plate to score a run during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Carson Kelly, left, and Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner (10) look up on a wild pitch by Diamondbacks relief pitcher Yoshihisa Hirano as the ball gets past everyone during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a single against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Infielder Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers fields a ground ball out against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Outfielder Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers fields a single during the sixth inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Kyle Garlick #41 of the Los Angeles Dodgers high fives Chris Taylor #3 after scoring against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the seventh inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: David Peralta #6 of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits a RBI single against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Christian Walker #53 of the Arizona Diamondbacks reacts as he scores a run off relief pitcher Dylan Floro #51 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Manager Torey Lovullo #17 of the Arizona Diamondbacks high fives Ketel Marte #4 after scoring against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Dylan Floro walks off the field after being taken out of the baseball game during the eighth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) PHOENIX — For three days, the Dodgers gave everyone something they had never seen before – consecutive walk-off home runs by rookies. This looked a lot more familiar. The Diamondbacks scored four times in the bottom of the eighth inning against the Dodgers’ bullpen on Monday night, handing them an 8-5 defeat that snapped the Dodgers’ six-game winning streak. Over their past 33 games, the Dodgers have gone 24-9. Six of the nine losses have been charged to relievers and the collective group has a 4.61 ERA in that stretch. Dylan Floro was the culprit against the Diamondbacks, allowing the first four batters in the eighth inning to reach base. “There have been moments to a man when they’ve been very good,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “It’s just unfortunate that someone has a bad night then it reflects on the whole bullpen. The way we’ve been used you have a few guys down tonight so you give other guys an opportunity to perform. Tonight, it just didn’t work out for Flo, for us. “These are our guys right now and we’ve got to continue to run them out there.” Roberts would normally have gone to Pedro Baez in the eighth inning Monday but Baez was unavailable due to his recent usage (including pitching both Saturday and Sunday). Roberts went to Floro with the score tied instead. Floro wasn’t charged with an earned run in his first 16 appearances this season. Since then, he has given up 13 runs in 10-1/3 innings over 13 appearances. It is the kind of trend line that prompted Roberts to describe his bullpen as “reliable at times” earlier this season. The Dodgers are on pace for 111 wins this season and running away with the division. But can a bullpen that is only “reliable at times” carry them to the October finish they want? “That’s a fair question,” Roberts said. “I do think it gives an opportunity to see what you have. As the season goes on, you give guys opportunities to pitch well and see how they respond. Then as the season moves on you really know what you have and decide what we need to do – if anything. “Right now, where we’re at, these are the guys we’re going to continue to run with until there’s a change.” If the bullpen breakdown seemed familiar, the starting pitching matchup certainly was. As teammates from 2013 through 2015, Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke were a combined 104-34. Monday was just the second time they faced each other since Greinke left L.A. for the Arizona sunsets following the 2015 season. They matched each other pitch for pitch – in the first inning. Both threw 22 pitches and gave up three runs in the first inning. All of the Diamondbacks’ runs came on a three-run home run by Christian Walker, who has three home runs and four hits in eight career plate appearances against Kershaw. But Greinke got the better of Kershaw in the second inning, hitting his third home run of the season on a 91-mph fastball from Kershaw. That gave the Diamondbacks a 4-3 lead Greinke nursed into the seventh inning. Kershaw stuck around for six innings but the four runs he allowed were the most by a Dodgers starter since Kenta Maeda gave up five against the Angels on June 11 in Anaheim. And Kershaw finished with just two strikeouts, his lowest total of the season. “Just a bad game,” Kershaw said. “It’s just unfortunate. They scored three runs for me early and I just gave it right back. This lands on my shoulders to do better and do better next time.” Kershaw didn’t have to shoulder all of the blame. The Dodgers went 2 for 4 with runners in scoring position against Greinke in the first inning, getting RBI doubles by Cody Bellinger and Chris Taylor. But they went 1 for 8 the rest of the game, the lone hit an RBI single by Muncy with two outs in the ninth after the Diamondbacks had taken control. In the sixth, they put runners at first and second with no outs thanks to a single by Bellinger and an error by Walker on a potential double play. But Greinke struck out Taylor, Kiké Hernandez and pinch-hitter Matt Beaty, throwing 13 pitches to the trio – not a single fastball. The three Dodgers saw five changeups, four sliders and four curveballs and couldn’t put any of them in play. “I think it’s just him being a competitor, bearing down and making pitches when he needed to,” said Bellinger, who was intentionally walked twice by the Diamondbacks. “We got off hot, just couldn’t finish the game for him.” After a leadoff single in the seventh, Greinke was done for the night. Two relievers – lefty Andrew Chafin and righty Yoshihisa Hirano – combined to load the bases then Hirano forced in the tying run when Max Muncy worked him for another walk. Taylor took a called third strike to leave the bases loaded that inning and the score stayed tied into the eighth. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”]Floro came out of the bullpen and gave up three consecutive singles to start the inning, the go-ahead run scoring on the third hit by David Peralta. After a walk loaded the bases, another run scored on a sacrifice fly by Nick Ahmed. Bellinger’s pointless throw to third base – sailing over the cutoff man – allowed the trail runner to move into scoring position. That made Tim Locastro’s two-out single a two-run single, completing the damage. “That first at-bat to (Ketel) Marte was a seeing-eye single, a flare,” Roberts said. “Then (Eduardo) Escobar and Peralta took two really good swings and it just kind of snowballed, couldn’t limit the damage, then the hit from Locastro, a soft liner, a flare but sometimes that’s how it goes.” Hear from @ClaytonKersh22 following his outing against the #Dbacks. pic.twitter.com/6ArKmuWaht — SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) June 25, 2019
25 Jun 19
Daily Breeze
#gallery-1862752-4 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1862752-4 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1862752-4 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1862752-4 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks’ Christian Walker connects for a three-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks’ Christian Walker (53) shakes hands with third base coach Tony Perezchica (8) while rounding the bases after a three-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw shouts after giving up a three-run home run to Arizona Diamondbacks’ Christian Walker during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts as he walks off the mound during the first inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Starting pitcher Zack Greinke #21 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a single against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a RBI double against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger watches the flight of his run-scoring double against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson (31) celebrates with assistant hitting coach Aaron Bates (33) after scoring against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Starting pitcher Zack Greinke #21 of the Arizona Diamondbacks prepares to pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Joc Pederson, left, catches a pop fly by Arizona Diamondbacks’ David Peralta as Dodgers second baseman Max Muncy (13) looks on during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zack Greinke throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks’ Zack Greinke (21) arrives at home plate after hitting a home run as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes, left, pauses nearby during the second inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts as he walks off the mound during the first inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: A fan falls onto the field as he attempted to catch a foul ball during the second inning of the MLB game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu #99 (top right) of the Los Angeles Dodgers watches from the dugout with teammates during the first inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy, right, tosses his bat after earning a walk with the bases loaded against the Arizona Diamondbacks as Dodgers’ Kyle Garlick (41) runs to home plate to score a run during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Carson Kelly, left, and Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner (10) look up on a wild pitch by Diamondbacks relief pitcher Yoshihisa Hirano as the ball gets past everyone during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a single against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Infielder Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers fields a ground ball out against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Outfielder Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers fields a single during the sixth inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Kyle Garlick #41 of the Los Angeles Dodgers high fives Chris Taylor #3 after scoring against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the seventh inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: David Peralta #6 of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits a RBI single against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Christian Walker #53 of the Arizona Diamondbacks reacts as he scores a run off relief pitcher Dylan Floro #51 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Manager Torey Lovullo #17 of the Arizona Diamondbacks high fives Ketel Marte #4 after scoring against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Dylan Floro walks off the field after being taken out of the baseball game during the eighth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) PHOENIX — For three days, the Dodgers gave everyone something they had never seen before – consecutive walk-off home runs by rookies. This looked a lot more familiar. The Diamondbacks scored four times in the bottom of the eighth inning against the Dodgers’ bullpen on Monday night, handing them an 8-5 defeat that snapped the Dodgers’ six-game winning streak. Over their past 33 games, the Dodgers have gone 24-9. Six of the nine losses have been charged to relievers and the collective group has a 4.61 ERA in that stretch. Dylan Floro was the culprit against the Diamondbacks, allowing the first four batters in the eighth inning to reach base. “There have been moments to a man when they’ve been very good,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “It’s just unfortunate that someone has a bad night then it reflects on the whole bullpen. The way we’ve been used you have a few guys down tonight so you give other guys an opportunity to perform. Tonight, it just didn’t work out for Flo, for us. “These are our guys right now and we’ve got to continue to run them out there.” Roberts would normally have gone to Pedro Baez in the eighth inning Monday but Baez was unavailable due to his recent usage (including pitching both Saturday and Sunday). Roberts went to Floro with the score tied instead. Floro wasn’t charged with an earned run in his first 16 appearances this season. Since then, he has given up 13 runs in 10-1/3 innings over 13 appearances. It is the kind of trend line that prompted Roberts to describe his bullpen as “reliable at times” earlier this season. The Dodgers are on pace for 111 wins this season and running away with the division. But can a bullpen that is only “reliable at times” carry them to the October finish they want? “That’s a fair question,” Roberts said. “I do think it gives an opportunity to see what you have. As the season goes on, you give guys opportunities to pitch well and see how they respond. Then as the season moves on you really know what you have and decide what we need to do – if anything. “Right now, where we’re at, these are the guys we’re going to continue to run with until there’s a change.” If the bullpen breakdown seemed familiar, the starting pitching matchup certainly was. As teammates from 2013 through 2015, Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke were a combined 104-34. Monday was just the second time they faced each other since Greinke left L.A. for the Arizona sunsets following the 2015 season. They matched each other pitch for pitch – in the first inning. Both threw 22 pitches and gave up three runs in the first inning. All of the Diamondbacks’ runs came on a three-run home run by Christian Walker, who has three home runs and four hits in eight career plate appearances against Kershaw. But Greinke got the better of Kershaw in the second inning, hitting his third home run of the season on a 91-mph fastball from Kershaw. That gave the Diamondbacks a 4-3 lead Greinke nursed into the seventh inning. Kershaw stuck around for six innings but the four runs he allowed were the most by a Dodgers starter since Kenta Maeda gave up five against the Angels on June 11 in Anaheim. And Kershaw finished with just two strikeouts, his lowest total of the season. “Just a bad game,” Kershaw said. “It’s just unfortunate. They scored three runs for me early and I just gave it right back. This lands on my shoulders to do better and do better next time.” Kershaw didn’t have to shoulder all of the blame. The Dodgers went 2 for 4 with runners in scoring position against Greinke in the first inning, getting RBI doubles by Cody Bellinger and Chris Taylor. But they went 1 for 8 the rest of the game, the lone hit an RBI single by Muncy with two outs in the ninth after the Diamondbacks had taken control. In the sixth, they put runners at first and second with no outs thanks to a single by Bellinger and an error by Walker on a potential double play. But Greinke struck out Taylor, Kiké Hernandez and pinch-hitter Matt Beaty, throwing 13 pitches to the trio – not a single fastball. The three Dodgers saw five changeups, four sliders and four curveballs and couldn’t put any of them in play. “I think it’s just him being a competitor, bearing down and making pitches when he needed to,” said Bellinger, who was intentionally walked twice by the Diamondbacks. “We got off hot, just couldn’t finish the game for him.” After a leadoff single in the seventh, Greinke was done for the night. Two relievers – lefty Andrew Chafin and righty Yoshihisa Hirano – combined to load the bases then Hirano forced in the tying run when Max Muncy worked him for another walk. Taylor took a called third strike to leave the bases loaded that inning and the score stayed tied into the eighth. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”]Floro came out of the bullpen and gave up three consecutive singles to start the inning, the go-ahead run scoring on the third hit by David Peralta. After a walk loaded the bases, another run scored on a sacrifice fly by Nick Ahmed. Bellinger’s pointless throw to third base – sailing over the cutoff man – allowed the trail runner to move into scoring position. That made Tim Locastro’s two-out single a two-run single, completing the damage. “That first at-bat to (Ketel) Marte was a seeing-eye single, a flare,” Roberts said. “Then (Eduardo) Escobar and Peralta took two really good swings and it just kind of snowballed, couldn’t limit the damage, then the hit from Locastro, a soft liner, a flare but sometimes that’s how it goes.” Hear from @ClaytonKersh22 following his outing against the #Dbacks. pic.twitter.com/6ArKmuWaht — SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) June 25, 2019
25 Jun 19
Orange County Register
#gallery-6872449-5 { margin: auto; } #gallery-6872449-5 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-6872449-5 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-6872449-5 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks’ Christian Walker connects for a three-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks’ Christian Walker (53) shakes hands with third base coach Tony Perezchica (8) while rounding the bases after a three-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw shouts after giving up a three-run home run to Arizona Diamondbacks’ Christian Walker during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts as he walks off the mound during the first inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Starting pitcher Zack Greinke #21 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a single against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a RBI double against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger watches the flight of his run-scoring double against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson (31) celebrates with assistant hitting coach Aaron Bates (33) after scoring against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Starting pitcher Zack Greinke #21 of the Arizona Diamondbacks prepares to pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Joc Pederson, left, catches a pop fly by Arizona Diamondbacks’ David Peralta as Dodgers second baseman Max Muncy (13) looks on during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zack Greinke throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks’ Zack Greinke (21) arrives at home plate after hitting a home run as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes, left, pauses nearby during the second inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts as he walks off the mound during the first inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: A fan falls onto the field as he attempted to catch a foul ball during the second inning of the MLB game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu #99 (top right) of the Los Angeles Dodgers watches from the dugout with teammates during the first inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy, right, tosses his bat after earning a walk with the bases loaded against the Arizona Diamondbacks as Dodgers’ Kyle Garlick (41) runs to home plate to score a run during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Carson Kelly, left, and Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner (10) look up on a wild pitch by Diamondbacks relief pitcher Yoshihisa Hirano as the ball gets past everyone during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a single against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Infielder Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers fields a ground ball out against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Outfielder Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers fields a single during the sixth inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Kyle Garlick #41 of the Los Angeles Dodgers high fives Chris Taylor #3 after scoring against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the seventh inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: David Peralta #6 of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits a RBI single against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Christian Walker #53 of the Arizona Diamondbacks reacts as he scores a run off relief pitcher Dylan Floro #51 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Manager Torey Lovullo #17 of the Arizona Diamondbacks high fives Ketel Marte #4 after scoring against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Dylan Floro walks off the field after being taken out of the baseball game during the eighth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) PHOENIX — For three days, the Dodgers gave everyone something they had never seen before – consecutive walk-off home runs by rookies. This looked a lot more familiar. The Diamondbacks scored four times in the bottom of the eighth inning against the Dodgers’ bullpen on Monday night, handing them an 8-5 defeat that snapped the Dodgers’ six-game winning streak. Over their past 33 games, the Dodgers have gone 24-9. Six of the nine losses have been charged to relievers and the collective group has a 4.61 ERA in that stretch. Dylan Floro was the culprit against the Diamondbacks, allowing the first four batters in the eighth inning to reach base. “There have been moments to a man when they’ve been very good,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “It’s just unfortunate that someone has a bad night then it reflects on the whole bullpen. The way we’ve been used you have a few guys down tonight so you give other guys an opportunity to perform. Tonight, it just didn’t work out for Flo, for us. “These are our guys right now and we’ve got to continue to run them out there.” Roberts would normally have gone to Pedro Baez in the eighth inning Monday but Baez was unavailable due to his recent usage (including pitching both Saturday and Sunday). Roberts went to Floro with the score tied instead. Floro wasn’t charged with an earned run in his first 16 appearances this season. Since then, he has given up 13 runs in 10-1/3 innings over 13 appearances. It is the kind of trend line that prompted Roberts to describe his bullpen as “reliable at times” earlier this season. The Dodgers are on pace for 111 wins this season and running away with the division. But can a bullpen that is only “reliable at times” carry them to the October finish they want? “That’s a fair question,” Roberts said. “I do think it gives an opportunity to see what you have. As the season goes on, you give guys opportunities to pitch well and see how they respond. Then as the season moves on you really know what you have and decide what we need to do – if anything. “Right now, where we’re at, these are the guys we’re going to continue to run with until there’s a change.” If the bullpen breakdown seemed familiar, the starting pitching matchup certainly was. As teammates from 2013 through 2015, Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke were a combined 104-34. Monday was just the second time they faced each other since Greinke left L.A. for the Arizona sunsets following the 2015 season. They matched each other pitch for pitch – in the first inning. Both threw 22 pitches and gave up three runs in the first inning. All of the Diamondbacks’ runs came on a three-run home run by Christian Walker, who has three home runs and four hits in eight career plate appearances against Kershaw. But Greinke got the better of Kershaw in the second inning, hitting his third home run of the season on a 91-mph fastball from Kershaw. That gave the Diamondbacks a 4-3 lead Greinke nursed into the seventh inning. Kershaw stuck around for six innings but the four runs he allowed were the most by a Dodgers starter since Kenta Maeda gave up five against the Angels on June 11 in Anaheim. And Kershaw finished with just two strikeouts, his lowest total of the season. “Just a bad game,” Kershaw said. “It’s just unfortunate. They scored three runs for me early and I just gave it right back. This lands on my shoulders to do better and do better next time.” Kershaw didn’t have to shoulder all of the blame. The Dodgers went 2 for 4 with runners in scoring position against Greinke in the first inning, getting RBI doubles by Cody Bellinger and Chris Taylor. But they went 1 for 8 the rest of the game, the lone hit an RBI single by Muncy with two outs in the ninth after the Diamondbacks had taken control. In the sixth, they put runners at first and second with no outs thanks to a single by Bellinger and an error by Walker on a potential double play. But Greinke struck out Taylor, Kiké Hernandez and pinch-hitter Matt Beaty, throwing 13 pitches to the trio – not a single fastball. The three Dodgers saw five changeups, four sliders and four curveballs and couldn’t put any of them in play. “I think it’s just him being a competitor, bearing down and making pitches when he needed to,” said Bellinger, who was intentionally walked twice by the Diamondbacks. “We got off hot, just couldn’t finish the game for him.” After a leadoff single in the seventh, Greinke was done for the night. Two relievers – lefty Andrew Chafin and righty Yoshihisa Hirano – combined to load the bases then Hirano forced in the tying run when Max Muncy worked him for another walk. Taylor took a called third strike to leave the bases loaded that inning and the score stayed tied into the eighth. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”]Floro came out of the bullpen and gave up three consecutive singles to start the inning, the go-ahead run scoring on the third hit by David Peralta. After a walk loaded the bases, another run scored on a sacrifice fly by Nick Ahmed. Bellinger’s pointless throw to third base – sailing over the cutoff man – allowed the trail runner to move into scoring position. That made Tim Locastro’s two-out single a two-run single, completing the damage. “That first at-bat to (Ketel) Marte was a seeing-eye single, a flare,” Roberts said. “Then (Eduardo) Escobar and Peralta took two really good swings and it just kind of snowballed, couldn’t limit the damage, then the hit from Locastro, a soft liner, a flare but sometimes that’s how it goes.” Hear from @ClaytonKersh22 following his outing against the #Dbacks. pic.twitter.com/6ArKmuWaht — SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) June 25, 2019
25 Jun 19
Pasadena Star News
#gallery-2308527-6 { margin: auto; } #gallery-2308527-6 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-2308527-6 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-2308527-6 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks’ Christian Walker connects for a three-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks’ Christian Walker (53) shakes hands with third base coach Tony Perezchica (8) while rounding the bases after a three-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw shouts after giving up a three-run home run to Arizona Diamondbacks’ Christian Walker during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts as he walks off the mound during the first inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Starting pitcher Zack Greinke #21 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a single against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a RBI double against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger watches the flight of his run-scoring double against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson (31) celebrates with assistant hitting coach Aaron Bates (33) after scoring against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Starting pitcher Zack Greinke #21 of the Arizona Diamondbacks prepares to pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Joc Pederson, left, catches a pop fly by Arizona Diamondbacks’ David Peralta as Dodgers second baseman Max Muncy (13) looks on during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zack Greinke throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks’ Zack Greinke (21) arrives at home plate after hitting a home run as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes, left, pauses nearby during the second inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts as he walks off the mound during the first inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: A fan falls onto the field as he attempted to catch a foul ball during the second inning of the MLB game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu #99 (top right) of the Los Angeles Dodgers watches from the dugout with teammates during the first inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy, right, tosses his bat after earning a walk with the bases loaded against the Arizona Diamondbacks as Dodgers’ Kyle Garlick (41) runs to home plate to score a run during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Carson Kelly, left, and Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner (10) look up on a wild pitch by Diamondbacks relief pitcher Yoshihisa Hirano as the ball gets past everyone during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a single against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Infielder Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers fields a ground ball out against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Outfielder Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers fields a single during the sixth inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Kyle Garlick #41 of the Los Angeles Dodgers high fives Chris Taylor #3 after scoring against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the seventh inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: David Peralta #6 of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits a RBI single against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Christian Walker #53 of the Arizona Diamondbacks reacts as he scores a run off relief pitcher Dylan Floro #51 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Manager Torey Lovullo #17 of the Arizona Diamondbacks high fives Ketel Marte #4 after scoring against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Dylan Floro walks off the field after being taken out of the baseball game during the eighth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) PHOENIX — For three days, the Dodgers gave everyone something they had never seen before – consecutive walk-off home runs by rookies. This looked a lot more familiar. The Diamondbacks scored four times in the bottom of the eighth inning against the Dodgers’ bullpen on Monday night, handing them an 8-5 defeat that snapped the Dodgers’ six-game winning streak. Over their past 33 games, the Dodgers have gone 24-9. Six of the nine losses have been charged to relievers and the collective group has a 4.61 ERA in that stretch. Dylan Floro was the culprit against the Diamondbacks, allowing the first four batters in the eighth inning to reach base. “There have been moments to a man when they’ve been very good,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “It’s just unfortunate that someone has a bad night then it reflects on the whole bullpen. The way we’ve been used you have a few guys down tonight so you give other guys an opportunity to perform. Tonight, it just didn’t work out for Flo, for us. “These are our guys right now and we’ve got to continue to run them out there.” Roberts would normally have gone to Pedro Baez in the eighth inning Monday but Baez was unavailable due to his recent usage (including pitching both Saturday and Sunday). Roberts went to Floro with the score tied instead. Floro wasn’t charged with an earned run in his first 16 appearances this season. Since then, he has given up 13 runs in 10-1/3 innings over 13 appearances. It is the kind of trend line that prompted Roberts to describe his bullpen as “reliable at times” earlier this season. The Dodgers are on pace for 111 wins this season and running away with the division. But can a bullpen that is only “reliable at times” carry them to the October finish they want? “That’s a fair question,” Roberts said. “I do think it gives an opportunity to see what you have. As the season goes on, you give guys opportunities to pitch well and see how they respond. Then as the season moves on you really know what you have and decide what we need to do – if anything. “Right now, where we’re at, these are the guys we’re going to continue to run with until there’s a change.” If the bullpen breakdown seemed familiar, the starting pitching matchup certainly was. As teammates from 2013 through 2015, Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke were a combined 104-34. Monday was just the second time they faced each other since Greinke left L.A. for the Arizona sunsets following the 2015 season. They matched each other pitch for pitch – in the first inning. Both threw 22 pitches and gave up three runs in the first inning. All of the Diamondbacks’ runs came on a three-run home run by Christian Walker, who has three home runs and four hits in eight career plate appearances against Kershaw. But Greinke got the better of Kershaw in the second inning, hitting his third home run of the season on a 91-mph fastball from Kershaw. That gave the Diamondbacks a 4-3 lead Greinke nursed into the seventh inning. Kershaw stuck around for six innings but the four runs he allowed were the most by a Dodgers starter since Kenta Maeda gave up five against the Angels on June 11 in Anaheim. And Kershaw finished with just two strikeouts, his lowest total of the season. “Just a bad game,” Kershaw said. “It’s just unfortunate. They scored three runs for me early and I just gave it right back. This lands on my shoulders to do better and do better next time.” Kershaw didn’t have to shoulder all of the blame. The Dodgers went 2 for 4 with runners in scoring position against Greinke in the first inning, getting RBI doubles by Cody Bellinger and Chris Taylor. But they went 1 for 8 the rest of the game, the lone hit an RBI single by Muncy with two outs in the ninth after the Diamondbacks had taken control. In the sixth, they put runners at first and second with no outs thanks to a single by Bellinger and an error by Walker on a potential double play. But Greinke struck out Taylor, Kiké Hernandez and pinch-hitter Matt Beaty, throwing 13 pitches to the trio – not a single fastball. The three Dodgers saw five changeups, four sliders and four curveballs and couldn’t put any of them in play. “I think it’s just him being a competitor, bearing down and making pitches when he needed to,” said Bellinger, who was intentionally walked twice by the Diamondbacks. “We got off hot, just couldn’t finish the game for him.” After a leadoff single in the seventh, Greinke was done for the night. Two relievers – lefty Andrew Chafin and righty Yoshihisa Hirano – combined to load the bases then Hirano forced in the tying run when Max Muncy worked him for another walk. Taylor took a called third strike to leave the bases loaded that inning and the score stayed tied into the eighth. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”]Floro came out of the bullpen and gave up three consecutive singles to start the inning, the go-ahead run scoring on the third hit by David Peralta. After a walk loaded the bases, another run scored on a sacrifice fly by Nick Ahmed. Bellinger’s pointless throw to third base – sailing over the cutoff man – allowed the trail runner to move into scoring position. That made Tim Locastro’s two-out single a two-run single, completing the damage. “That first at-bat to (Ketel) Marte was a seeing-eye single, a flare,” Roberts said. “Then (Eduardo) Escobar and Peralta took two really good swings and it just kind of snowballed, couldn’t limit the damage, then the hit from Locastro, a soft liner, a flare but sometimes that’s how it goes.” Hear from @ClaytonKersh22 following his outing against the #Dbacks. pic.twitter.com/6ArKmuWaht — SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) June 25, 2019
25 Jun 19
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
#gallery-1970003-7 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1970003-7 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1970003-7 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1970003-7 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks’ Christian Walker connects for a three-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks’ Christian Walker (53) shakes hands with third base coach Tony Perezchica (8) while rounding the bases after a three-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw shouts after giving up a three-run home run to Arizona Diamondbacks’ Christian Walker during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts as he walks off the mound during the first inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Starting pitcher Zack Greinke #21 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a single against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a RBI double against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger watches the flight of his run-scoring double against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson (31) celebrates with assistant hitting coach Aaron Bates (33) after scoring against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Starting pitcher Zack Greinke #21 of the Arizona Diamondbacks prepares to pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Joc Pederson, left, catches a pop fly by Arizona Diamondbacks’ David Peralta as Dodgers second baseman Max Muncy (13) looks on during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zack Greinke throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks’ Zack Greinke (21) arrives at home plate after hitting a home run as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes, left, pauses nearby during the second inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts as he walks off the mound during the first inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: A fan falls onto the field as he attempted to catch a foul ball during the second inning of the MLB game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu #99 (top right) of the Los Angeles Dodgers watches from the dugout with teammates during the first inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy, right, tosses his bat after earning a walk with the bases loaded against the Arizona Diamondbacks as Dodgers’ Kyle Garlick (41) runs to home plate to score a run during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Carson Kelly, left, and Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner (10) look up on a wild pitch by Diamondbacks relief pitcher Yoshihisa Hirano as the ball gets past everyone during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a single against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Infielder Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers fields a ground ball out against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Outfielder Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers fields a single during the sixth inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Kyle Garlick #41 of the Los Angeles Dodgers high fives Chris Taylor #3 after scoring against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the seventh inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: David Peralta #6 of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits a RBI single against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Christian Walker #53 of the Arizona Diamondbacks reacts as he scores a run off relief pitcher Dylan Floro #51 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Manager Torey Lovullo #17 of the Arizona Diamondbacks high fives Ketel Marte #4 after scoring against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Dylan Floro walks off the field after being taken out of the baseball game during the eighth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) PHOENIX — For three days, the Dodgers gave everyone something they had never seen before – consecutive walk-off home runs by rookies. This looked a lot more familiar. The Diamondbacks scored four times in the bottom of the eighth inning against the Dodgers’ bullpen on Monday night, handing them an 8-5 defeat that snapped the Dodgers’ six-game winning streak. Over their past 33 games, the Dodgers have gone 24-9. Six of the nine losses have been charged to relievers and the collective group has a 4.61 ERA in that stretch. Dylan Floro was the culprit against the Diamondbacks, allowing the first four batters in the eighth inning to reach base. “There have been moments to a man when they’ve been very good,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “It’s just unfortunate that someone has a bad night then it reflects on the whole bullpen. The way we’ve been used you have a few guys down tonight so you give other guys an opportunity to perform. Tonight, it just didn’t work out for Flo, for us. “These are our guys right now and we’ve got to continue to run them out there.” Roberts would normally have gone to Pedro Baez in the eighth inning Monday but Baez was unavailable due to his recent usage (including pitching both Saturday and Sunday). Roberts went to Floro with the score tied instead. Floro wasn’t charged with an earned run in his first 16 appearances this season. Since then, he has given up 13 runs in 10-1/3 innings over 13 appearances. It is the kind of trend line that prompted Roberts to describe his bullpen as “reliable at times” earlier this season. The Dodgers are on pace for 111 wins this season and running away with the division. But can a bullpen that is only “reliable at times” carry them to the October finish they want? “That’s a fair question,” Roberts said. “I do think it gives an opportunity to see what you have. As the season goes on, you give guys opportunities to pitch well and see how they respond. Then as the season moves on you really know what you have and decide what we need to do – if anything. “Right now, where we’re at, these are the guys we’re going to continue to run with until there’s a change.” If the bullpen breakdown seemed familiar, the starting pitching matchup certainly was. As teammates from 2013 through 2015, Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke were a combined 104-34. Monday was just the second time they faced each other since Greinke left L.A. for the Arizona sunsets following the 2015 season. They matched each other pitch for pitch – in the first inning. Both threw 22 pitches and gave up three runs in the first inning. All of the Diamondbacks’ runs came on a three-run home run by Christian Walker, who has three home runs and four hits in eight career plate appearances against Kershaw. But Greinke got the better of Kershaw in the second inning, hitting his third home run of the season on a 91-mph fastball from Kershaw. That gave the Diamondbacks a 4-3 lead Greinke nursed into the seventh inning. Kershaw stuck around for six innings but the four runs he allowed were the most by a Dodgers starter since Kenta Maeda gave up five against the Angels on June 11 in Anaheim. And Kershaw finished with just two strikeouts, his lowest total of the season. “Just a bad game,” Kershaw said. “It’s just unfortunate. They scored three runs for me early and I just gave it right back. This lands on my shoulders to do better and do better next time.” Kershaw didn’t have to shoulder all of the blame. The Dodgers went 2 for 4 with runners in scoring position against Greinke in the first inning, getting RBI doubles by Cody Bellinger and Chris Taylor. But they went 1 for 8 the rest of the game, the lone hit an RBI single by Muncy with two outs in the ninth after the Diamondbacks had taken control. In the sixth, they put runners at first and second with no outs thanks to a single by Bellinger and an error by Walker on a potential double play. But Greinke struck out Taylor, Kiké Hernandez and pinch-hitter Matt Beaty, throwing 13 pitches to the trio – not a single fastball. The three Dodgers saw five changeups, four sliders and four curveballs and couldn’t put any of them in play. “I think it’s just him being a competitor, bearing down and making pitches when he needed to,” said Bellinger, who was intentionally walked twice by the Diamondbacks. “We got off hot, just couldn’t finish the game for him.” After a leadoff single in the seventh, Greinke was done for the night. Two relievers – lefty Andrew Chafin and righty Yoshihisa Hirano – combined to load the bases then Hirano forced in the tying run when Max Muncy worked him for another walk. Taylor took a called third strike to leave the bases loaded that inning and the score stayed tied into the eighth. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”]Floro came out of the bullpen and gave up three consecutive singles to start the inning, the go-ahead run scoring on the third hit by David Peralta. After a walk loaded the bases, another run scored on a sacrifice fly by Nick Ahmed. Bellinger’s pointless throw to third base – sailing over the cutoff man – allowed the trail runner to move into scoring position. That made Tim Locastro’s two-out single a two-run single, completing the damage. “That first at-bat to (Ketel) Marte was a seeing-eye single, a flare,” Roberts said. “Then (Eduardo) Escobar and Peralta took two really good swings and it just kind of snowballed, couldn’t limit the damage, then the hit from Locastro, a soft liner, a flare but sometimes that’s how it goes.” Hear from @ClaytonKersh22 following his outing against the #Dbacks. pic.twitter.com/6ArKmuWaht — SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) June 25, 2019
25 Jun 19
Redlands Daily Facts
#gallery-1833827-8 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1833827-8 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1833827-8 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1833827-8 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks’ Christian Walker connects for a three-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks’ Christian Walker (53) shakes hands with third base coach Tony Perezchica (8) while rounding the bases after a three-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw shouts after giving up a three-run home run to Arizona Diamondbacks’ Christian Walker during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts as he walks off the mound during the first inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Starting pitcher Zack Greinke #21 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a single against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a RBI double against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger watches the flight of his run-scoring double against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson (31) celebrates with assistant hitting coach Aaron Bates (33) after scoring against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Starting pitcher Zack Greinke #21 of the Arizona Diamondbacks prepares to pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Joc Pederson, left, catches a pop fly by Arizona Diamondbacks’ David Peralta as Dodgers second baseman Max Muncy (13) looks on during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zack Greinke throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks’ Zack Greinke (21) arrives at home plate after hitting a home run as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes, left, pauses nearby during the second inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts as he walks off the mound during the first inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: A fan falls onto the field as he attempted to catch a foul ball during the second inning of the MLB game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu #99 (top right) of the Los Angeles Dodgers watches from the dugout with teammates during the first inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy, right, tosses his bat after earning a walk with the bases loaded against the Arizona Diamondbacks as Dodgers’ Kyle Garlick (41) runs to home plate to score a run during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Carson Kelly, left, and Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner (10) look up on a wild pitch by Diamondbacks relief pitcher Yoshihisa Hirano as the ball gets past everyone during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a single against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Infielder Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers fields a ground ball out against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Outfielder Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers fields a single during the sixth inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Kyle Garlick #41 of the Los Angeles Dodgers high fives Chris Taylor #3 after scoring against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the seventh inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: David Peralta #6 of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits a RBI single against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Christian Walker #53 of the Arizona Diamondbacks reacts as he scores a run off relief pitcher Dylan Floro #51 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Manager Torey Lovullo #17 of the Arizona Diamondbacks high fives Ketel Marte #4 after scoring against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Dylan Floro walks off the field after being taken out of the baseball game during the eighth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) PHOENIX — For three days, the Dodgers gave everyone something they had never seen before – consecutive walk-off home runs by rookies. This looked a lot more familiar. The Diamondbacks scored four times in the bottom of the eighth inning against the Dodgers’ bullpen on Monday night, handing them an 8-5 defeat that snapped the Dodgers’ six-game winning streak. Over their past 33 games, the Dodgers have gone 24-9. Six of the nine losses have been charged to relievers and the collective group has a 4.61 ERA in that stretch. Dylan Floro was the culprit against the Diamondbacks, allowing the first four batters in the eighth inning to reach base. “There have been moments to a man when they’ve been very good,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “It’s just unfortunate that someone has a bad night then it reflects on the whole bullpen. The way we’ve been used you have a few guys down tonight so you give other guys an opportunity to perform. Tonight, it just didn’t work out for Flo, for us. “These are our guys right now and we’ve got to continue to run them out there.” Roberts would normally have gone to Pedro Baez in the eighth inning Monday but Baez was unavailable due to his recent usage (including pitching both Saturday and Sunday). Roberts went to Floro with the score tied instead. Floro wasn’t charged with an earned run in his first 16 appearances this season. Since then, he has given up 13 runs in 10-1/3 innings over 13 appearances. It is the kind of trend line that prompted Roberts to describe his bullpen as “reliable at times” earlier this season. The Dodgers are on pace for 111 wins this season and running away with the division. But can a bullpen that is only “reliable at times” carry them to the October finish they want? “That’s a fair question,” Roberts said. “I do think it gives an opportunity to see what you have. As the season goes on, you give guys opportunities to pitch well and see how they respond. Then as the season moves on you really know what you have and decide what we need to do – if anything. “Right now, where we’re at, these are the guys we’re going to continue to run with until there’s a change.” If the bullpen breakdown seemed familiar, the starting pitching matchup certainly was. As teammates from 2013 through 2015, Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke were a combined 104-34. Monday was just the second time they faced each other since Greinke left L.A. for the Arizona sunsets following the 2015 season. They matched each other pitch for pitch – in the first inning. Both threw 22 pitches and gave up three runs in the first inning. All of the Diamondbacks’ runs came on a three-run home run by Christian Walker, who has three home runs and four hits in eight career plate appearances against Kershaw. But Greinke got the better of Kershaw in the second inning, hitting his third home run of the season on a 91-mph fastball from Kershaw. That gave the Diamondbacks a 4-3 lead Greinke nursed into the seventh inning. Kershaw stuck around for six innings but the four runs he allowed were the most by a Dodgers starter since Kenta Maeda gave up five against the Angels on June 11 in Anaheim. And Kershaw finished with just two strikeouts, his lowest total of the season. “Just a bad game,” Kershaw said. “It’s just unfortunate. They scored three runs for me early and I just gave it right back. This lands on my shoulders to do better and do better next time.” Kershaw didn’t have to shoulder all of the blame. The Dodgers went 2 for 4 with runners in scoring position against Greinke in the first inning, getting RBI doubles by Cody Bellinger and Chris Taylor. But they went 1 for 8 the rest of the game, the lone hit an RBI single by Muncy with two outs in the ninth after the Diamondbacks had taken control. In the sixth, they put runners at first and second with no outs thanks to a single by Bellinger and an error by Walker on a potential double play. But Greinke struck out Taylor, Kiké Hernandez and pinch-hitter Matt Beaty, throwing 13 pitches to the trio – not a single fastball. The three Dodgers saw five changeups, four sliders and four curveballs and couldn’t put any of them in play. “I think it’s just him being a competitor, bearing down and making pitches when he needed to,” said Bellinger, who was intentionally walked twice by the Diamondbacks. “We got off hot, just couldn’t finish the game for him.” After a leadoff single in the seventh, Greinke was done for the night. Two relievers – lefty Andrew Chafin and righty Yoshihisa Hirano – combined to load the bases then Hirano forced in the tying run when Max Muncy worked him for another walk. Taylor took a called third strike to leave the bases loaded that inning and the score stayed tied into the eighth. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”]Floro came out of the bullpen and gave up three consecutive singles to start the inning, the go-ahead run scoring on the third hit by David Peralta. After a walk loaded the bases, another run scored on a sacrifice fly by Nick Ahmed. Bellinger’s pointless throw to third base – sailing over the cutoff man – allowed the trail runner to move into scoring position. That made Tim Locastro’s two-out single a two-run single, completing the damage. “That first at-bat to (Ketel) Marte was a seeing-eye single, a flare,” Roberts said. “Then (Eduardo) Escobar and Peralta took two really good swings and it just kind of snowballed, couldn’t limit the damage, then the hit from Locastro, a soft liner, a flare but sometimes that’s how it goes.” Hear from @ClaytonKersh22 following his outing against the #Dbacks. pic.twitter.com/6ArKmuWaht — SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) June 25, 2019
25 Jun 19
Press Enterprise
#gallery-1547850-9 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1547850-9 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1547850-9 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1547850-9 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks’ Christian Walker connects for a three-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks’ Christian Walker (53) shakes hands with third base coach Tony Perezchica (8) while rounding the bases after a three-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw shouts after giving up a three-run home run to Arizona Diamondbacks’ Christian Walker during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts as he walks off the mound during the first inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Starting pitcher Zack Greinke #21 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a single against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a RBI double against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger watches the flight of his run-scoring double against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson (31) celebrates with assistant hitting coach Aaron Bates (33) after scoring against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Starting pitcher Zack Greinke #21 of the Arizona Diamondbacks prepares to pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Joc Pederson, left, catches a pop fly by Arizona Diamondbacks’ David Peralta as Dodgers second baseman Max Muncy (13) looks on during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zack Greinke throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks’ Zack Greinke (21) arrives at home plate after hitting a home run as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes, left, pauses nearby during the second inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts as he walks off the mound during the first inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: A fan falls onto the field as he attempted to catch a foul ball during the second inning of the MLB game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu #99 (top right) of the Los Angeles Dodgers watches from the dugout with teammates during the first inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy, right, tosses his bat after earning a walk with the bases loaded against the Arizona Diamondbacks as Dodgers’ Kyle Garlick (41) runs to home plate to score a run during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Carson Kelly, left, and Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner (10) look up on a wild pitch by Diamondbacks relief pitcher Yoshihisa Hirano as the ball gets past everyone during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a single against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Infielder Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers fields a ground ball out against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Outfielder Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers fields a single during the sixth inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Kyle Garlick #41 of the Los Angeles Dodgers high fives Chris Taylor #3 after scoring against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the seventh inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: David Peralta #6 of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits a RBI single against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Christian Walker #53 of the Arizona Diamondbacks reacts as he scores a run off relief pitcher Dylan Floro #51 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Manager Torey Lovullo #17 of the Arizona Diamondbacks high fives Ketel Marte #4 after scoring against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Dylan Floro walks off the field after being taken out of the baseball game during the eighth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) PHOENIX — For three days, the Dodgers gave everyone something they had never seen before – consecutive walk-off home runs by rookies. This looked a lot more familiar. The Diamondbacks scored four times in the bottom of the eighth inning against the Dodgers’ bullpen on Monday night, handing them an 8-5 defeat that snapped the Dodgers’ six-game winning streak. Over their past 33 games, the Dodgers have gone 24-9. Six of the nine losses have been charged to relievers and the collective group has a 4.61 ERA in that stretch. Dylan Floro was the culprit against the Diamondbacks, allowing the first four batters in the eighth inning to reach base. “There have been moments to a man when they’ve been very good,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “It’s just unfortunate that someone has a bad night then it reflects on the whole bullpen. The way we’ve been used you have a few guys down tonight so you give other guys an opportunity to perform. Tonight, it just didn’t work out for Flo, for us. “These are our guys right now and we’ve got to continue to run them out there.” Roberts would normally have gone to Pedro Baez in the eighth inning Monday but Baez was unavailable due to his recent usage (including pitching both Saturday and Sunday). Roberts went to Floro with the score tied instead. Floro wasn’t charged with an earned run in his first 16 appearances this season. Since then, he has given up 13 runs in 10-1/3 innings over 13 appearances. It is the kind of trend line that prompted Roberts to describe his bullpen as “reliable at times” earlier this season. The Dodgers are on pace for 111 wins this season and running away with the division. But can a bullpen that is only “reliable at times” carry them to the October finish they want? “That’s a fair question,” Roberts said. “I do think it gives an opportunity to see what you have. As the season goes on, you give guys opportunities to pitch well and see how they respond. Then as the season moves on you really know what you have and decide what we need to do – if anything. “Right now, where we’re at, these are the guys we’re going to continue to run with until there’s a change.” If the bullpen breakdown seemed familiar, the starting pitching matchup certainly was. As teammates from 2013 through 2015, Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke were a combined 104-34. Monday was just the second time they faced each other since Greinke left L.A. for the Arizona sunsets following the 2015 season. They matched each other pitch for pitch – in the first inning. Both threw 22 pitches and gave up three runs in the first inning. All of the Diamondbacks’ runs came on a three-run home run by Christian Walker, who has three home runs and four hits in eight career plate appearances against Kershaw. But Greinke got the better of Kershaw in the second inning, hitting his third home run of the season on a 91-mph fastball from Kershaw. That gave the Diamondbacks a 4-3 lead Greinke nursed into the seventh inning. Kershaw stuck around for six innings but the four runs he allowed were the most by a Dodgers starter since Kenta Maeda gave up five against the Angels on June 11 in Anaheim. And Kershaw finished with just two strikeouts, his lowest total of the season. “Just a bad game,” Kershaw said. “It’s just unfortunate. They scored three runs for me early and I just gave it right back. This lands on my shoulders to do better and do better next time.” Kershaw didn’t have to shoulder all of the blame. The Dodgers went 2 for 4 with runners in scoring position against Greinke in the first inning, getting RBI doubles by Cody Bellinger and Chris Taylor. But they went 1 for 8 the rest of the game, the lone hit an RBI single by Muncy with two outs in the ninth after the Diamondbacks had taken control. In the sixth, they put runners at first and second with no outs thanks to a single by Bellinger and an error by Walker on a potential double play. But Greinke struck out Taylor, Kiké Hernandez and pinch-hitter Matt Beaty, throwing 13 pitches to the trio – not a single fastball. The three Dodgers saw five changeups, four sliders and four curveballs and couldn’t put any of them in play. “I think it’s just him being a competitor, bearing down and making pitches when he needed to,” said Bellinger, who was intentionally walked twice by the Diamondbacks. “We got off hot, just couldn’t finish the game for him.” After a leadoff single in the seventh, Greinke was done for the night. Two relievers – lefty Andrew Chafin and righty Yoshihisa Hirano – combined to load the bases then Hirano forced in the tying run when Max Muncy worked him for another walk. Taylor took a called third strike to leave the bases loaded that inning and the score stayed tied into the eighth. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”]Floro came out of the bullpen and gave up three consecutive singles to start the inning, the go-ahead run scoring on the third hit by David Peralta. After a walk loaded the bases, another run scored on a sacrifice fly by Nick Ahmed. Bellinger’s pointless throw to third base – sailing over the cutoff man – allowed the trail runner to move into scoring position. That made Tim Locastro’s two-out single a two-run single, completing the damage. “That first at-bat to (Ketel) Marte was a seeing-eye single, a flare,” Roberts said. “Then (Eduardo) Escobar and Peralta took two really good swings and it just kind of snowballed, couldn’t limit the damage, then the hit from Locastro, a soft liner, a flare but sometimes that’s how it goes.” Hear from @ClaytonKersh22 following his outing against the #Dbacks. pic.twitter.com/6ArKmuWaht — SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) June 25, 2019
25 Jun 19
Daily Bulletin
#gallery-1932106-10 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1932106-10 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1932106-10 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1932106-10 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks’ Christian Walker connects for a three-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks’ Christian Walker (53) shakes hands with third base coach Tony Perezchica (8) while rounding the bases after a three-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw shouts after giving up a three-run home run to Arizona Diamondbacks’ Christian Walker during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts as he walks off the mound during the first inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Starting pitcher Zack Greinke #21 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a single against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a RBI double against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger watches the flight of his run-scoring double against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson (31) celebrates with assistant hitting coach Aaron Bates (33) after scoring against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Starting pitcher Zack Greinke #21 of the Arizona Diamondbacks prepares to pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Joc Pederson, left, catches a pop fly by Arizona Diamondbacks’ David Peralta as Dodgers second baseman Max Muncy (13) looks on during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zack Greinke throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks’ Zack Greinke (21) arrives at home plate after hitting a home run as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes, left, pauses nearby during the second inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts as he walks off the mound during the first inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: A fan falls onto the field as he attempted to catch a foul ball during the second inning of the MLB game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu #99 (top right) of the Los Angeles Dodgers watches from the dugout with teammates during the first inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy, right, tosses his bat after earning a walk with the bases loaded against the Arizona Diamondbacks as Dodgers’ Kyle Garlick (41) runs to home plate to score a run during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Carson Kelly, left, and Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner (10) look up on a wild pitch by Diamondbacks relief pitcher Yoshihisa Hirano as the ball gets past everyone during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a single against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Infielder Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers fields a ground ball out against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Outfielder Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers fields a single during the sixth inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Kyle Garlick #41 of the Los Angeles Dodgers high fives Chris Taylor #3 after scoring against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the seventh inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: David Peralta #6 of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits a RBI single against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Christian Walker #53 of the Arizona Diamondbacks reacts as he scores a run off relief pitcher Dylan Floro #51 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 24: Manager Torey Lovullo #17 of the Arizona Diamondbacks high fives Ketel Marte #4 after scoring against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Dylan Floro walks off the field after being taken out of the baseball game during the eighth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) PHOENIX — For three days, the Dodgers gave everyone something they had never seen before – consecutive walk-off home runs by rookies. This looked a lot more familiar. The Diamondbacks scored four times in the bottom of the eighth inning against the Dodgers’ bullpen on Monday night, handing them an 8-5 defeat that snapped the Dodgers’ six-game winning streak. Over their past 33 games, the Dodgers have gone 24-9. Six of the nine losses have been charged to relievers and the collective group has a 4.61 ERA in that stretch. Dylan Floro was the culprit against the Diamondbacks, allowing the first four batters in the eighth inning to reach base. “There have been moments to a man when they’ve been very good,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “It’s just unfortunate that someone has a bad night then it reflects on the whole bullpen. The way we’ve been used you have a few guys down tonight so you give other guys an opportunity to perform. Tonight, it just didn’t work out for Flo, for us. “These are our guys right now and we’ve got to continue to run them out there.” Roberts would normally have gone to Pedro Baez in the eighth inning Monday but Baez was unavailable due to his recent usage (including pitching both Saturday and Sunday). Roberts went to Floro with the score tied instead. Floro wasn’t charged with an earned run in his first 16 appearances this season. Since then, he has given up 13 runs in 10-1/3 innings over 13 appearances. It is the kind of trend line that prompted Roberts to describe his bullpen as “reliable at times” earlier this season. The Dodgers are on pace for 111 wins this season and running away with the division. But can a bullpen that is only “reliable at times” carry them to the October finish they want? “That’s a fair question,” Roberts said. “I do think it gives an opportunity to see what you have. As the season goes on, you give guys opportunities to pitch well and see how they respond. Then as the season moves on you really know what you have and decide what we need to do – if anything. “Right now, where we’re at, these are the guys we’re going to continue to run with until there’s a change.” If the bullpen breakdown seemed familiar, the starting pitching matchup certainly was. As teammates from 2013 through 2015, Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke were a combined 104-34. Monday was just the second time they faced each other since Greinke left L.A. for the Arizona sunsets following the 2015 season. They matched each other pitch for pitch – in the first inning. Both threw 22 pitches and gave up three runs in the first inning. All of the Diamondbacks’ runs came on a three-run home run by Christian Walker, who has three home runs and four hits in eight career plate appearances against Kershaw. But Greinke got the better of Kershaw in the second inning, hitting his third home run of the season on a 91-mph fastball from Kershaw. That gave the Diamondbacks a 4-3 lead Greinke nursed into the seventh inning. Kershaw stuck around for six innings but the four runs he allowed were the most by a Dodgers starter since Kenta Maeda gave up five against the Angels on June 11 in Anaheim. And Kershaw finished with just two strikeouts, his lowest total of the season. “Just a bad game,” Kershaw said. “It’s just unfortunate. They scored three runs for me early and I just gave it right back. This lands on my shoulders to do better and do better next time.” Kershaw didn’t have to shoulder all of the blame. The Dodgers went 2 for 4 with runners in scoring position against Greinke in the first inning, getting RBI doubles by Cody Bellinger and Chris Taylor. But they went 1 for 8 the rest of the game, the lone hit an RBI single by Muncy with two outs in the ninth after the Diamondbacks had taken control. In the sixth, they put runners at first and second with no outs thanks to a single by Bellinger and an error by Walker on a potential double play. But Greinke struck out Taylor, Kiké Hernandez and pinch-hitter Matt Beaty, throwing 13 pitches to the trio – not a single fastball. The three Dodgers saw five changeups, four sliders and four curveballs and couldn’t put any of them in play. “I think it’s just him being a competitor, bearing down and making pitches when he needed to,” said Bellinger, who was intentionally walked twice by the Diamondbacks. “We got off hot, just couldn’t finish the game for him.” After a leadoff single in the seventh, Greinke was done for the night. Two relievers – lefty Andrew Chafin and righty Yoshihisa Hirano – combined to load the bases then Hirano forced in the tying run when Max Muncy worked him for another walk. Taylor took a called third strike to leave the bases loaded that inning and the score stayed tied into the eighth. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”]Floro came out of the bullpen and gave up three consecutive singles to start the inning, the go-ahead run scoring on the third hit by David Peralta. After a walk loaded the bases, another run scored on a sacrifice fly by Nick Ahmed. Bellinger’s pointless throw to third base – sailing over the cutoff man – allowed the trail runner to move into scoring position. That made Tim Locastro’s two-out single a two-run single, completing the damage. “That first at-bat to (Ketel) Marte was a seeing-eye single, a flare,” Roberts said. “Then (Eduardo) Escobar and Peralta took two really good swings and it just kind of snowballed, couldn’t limit the damage, then the hit from Locastro, a soft liner, a flare but sometimes that’s how it goes.” Hear from @ClaytonKersh22 following his outing against the #Dbacks. pic.twitter.com/6ArKmuWaht — SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) June 25, 2019
25 Jun 19
National Post

BASEBALL-MLB-LAD-ARI/RECAP Reuters America Wire David Peralta drove in the go-ahead run in a four-run eighth inning, pitcher Zack Greinke hit a home run and the Arizona Diamondbacks stopped the Los Angeles Dodgers’ six-game winning streak with an 8-5 victory Monday night in Phoenix. Arizona’s Ketel Marte, returning to the lineup after missing two games because […]