Rapid Reaction: Dodgers 8, D-backs 6
April, 19, 2014
By Anthony Witrado | Special to ESPNLosAngeles.com
LOS ANGELES -- Heading into the start of this series, the Los Angeles Dodgers were taking ownership of the Arizona Diamondbacks, having won each of the first five meetings this season and after clinching the National League West in Phoenix and making that infamous celebratory swim.
But the Diamondbacks got an extra-innings win Friday, and through three innings it looked as if the tides would further shift away from Los Angeles on Saturday night at Dodger Stadium.
However, a second look at an arm slinging its first pitches in the big leagues got the Dodgers' lineup going as it erased a four-run deficit to win 8-6.
A costly error and four Diamondbacks hits in the third inning led to that 4-0 cushion, the big hit being Paul Goldschmidt's two-run single. Through that third inning the Dodgers had managed only one hit and had struck out five times against Arizona rookie Mike Bolsinger, who was making his major league debut.
The offense got going in the fourth, though, striking for three runs, all via an Andre Ethier home run. From that point, the Dodgers teed off on Bolsinger and reliever Oliver Perez for another five runs in the fifth.
How it happened: Dan Haren retired the first six Diamondbacks he faced, but he gave up four runs in the third inning while the Dodgers were held hitless the first time through the lineup. The second time around the order for rookie Bolsinger turned horriffic. He gave up seven hits starting with leadoff man Dee Gordon's single. Bolsinger was charged with seven runs, six of them earned.
Hits: After a brutal third inning in which he gave up four runs -- only one earned -- and four hits, Haren settled down and gave up three hits and one run in his next 4 1/3 innings.
Misses: Haren never would have allowed all those third-inning runs had shortstop Hanley Ramirez not mishandled a feed from second baseman Gordon with one out and a runner on first. Gordon got a ground ball from Bolsinger and fired to Ramirez at second base to start a potential inning-ending double play, but Ramirez couldn't transfer the ball to his bare hand and both runners were safe. From there the flood gates opened.
Stat of the game: Matt Kemp is 11-for-11 in stolen-base attempts since the start of last season, including 2-for-2 this season after stealing third base Saturday.
Up next: Josh Beckett makes his third start of the season for the Dodgers, and will be opposed by Arizona's Josh Collmenter. Beckett threw five shutout innings in San Francisco in his last start, but he walked five hitters.