D-Backs and Dodgers have one last dance
PHOENIX, AZ – In the last meeting of the year, the Arizona Diamondbacks clashed with their division rival Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday. Although L.A. has recently acquired an All Star caliber team over the course of the 2012 season, no one has seemed to tell the D-Backs’ squad of rookies, who have continued to put it to the Dodgers as of late. The Diamondbacks are 5-3 against L.A. over the last eight games, and boths teams’ chances of making the playoffs are still up in the air.
The Dodgers attacked Trevor Cahill right out of the gate. After starting off the 1st inning by giving up a single to Shane Victorino and hitting Matt Kemp, Cahill allowed two runs to score by way of an Adrian Gonzalez double.
The Diamondbacks struck back against Aaron Harang and the Blue Crew by manufacturing a run in the 2nd when Paul Goldschmidt scored off of a Justin Upton sac fly. The score was 2-1 L.A.
Both pitchers got comfortable – and stingy – after that, allowing no more runs to score until the 6th inning when the D-Backs finally got their bats going. Arizona chased Harang from the game after giving up two walks and a Justin Upton single that tied the game. Randy Choate gave up another single to Gerrardo Parra in relief, giving the Diamondbacks a 3-2 lead. Harang lasted 5 2/3 innings, giving up 3 earned runs on 4 hits and allowing 4 walks.
After getting into trouble early on, Cahill settled down and put some gooseggs up on the scoreboard, which allowed his squad to get back into the game.
“I felt confident throwing my four pitches at any time in the count,” Cahill commented about his performance. “I was wild early but after that, I wasn’t worried about hitting the corners. I was just going after them.”
He also had some defensive help, such as a beautiful scoop by short stop John McDonald in the 7th inning that robbed Hanley Ramirez of a hit. Cahill lasted 7 innings, surrendering 4 hits and 1 HBP that accounted for 2 earned runs.
After the game, Gibson talked about Cahill’s night. “The command was there tonight. He threw some four seam fastballs well, some velocity up top in the zone. He got Gonzalez on one of those. His change-up was good. He mixed it up very well and he and Miggy were on the same page tonight.”
Brad Ziegler, who has been outstanding as of late, and the rest of the Diamondbacks bullpen held the high powered Dodgers scoreless the rest of the way and gave Cahill and the D-Backs the win by a score of 3-2. David Hernandez stepped into the closer role tonight for J.J. Putz who is out with a sore back and got the save as the Diamondbacks sweep the mini series against L.A. and stay alive in the Wild Card race.