Rapid Reaction: D-backs 5, Dodgers 3
May, 18, 2014
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com
PHOENIX -- The Los Angeles Dodgers look like they're days away from full health, but the hot streak they've been waiting on for weeks is showing no signs of arriving. They remain stuck in a slow, frustrating reverse. Sunday's 5-3 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks was their ninth loss in the past 14 games.
It also gave the Diamondbacks their first series win over the Dodgers and their first series win at home this season.
How it happened: Dan Haren was facing a suddenly hot lineup, one that had chased Clayton Kershaw in the second inning the night before en route to scoring 18 runs. He held up for a while, but Arizona wore him down with 10 hits over six innings. Eric Chavez, a former teammate in Oakland, had a pinch-hit, two-run home run in the fifth inning that proved the winner for the Diamondbacks. The Dodgers scored all of their runs on home runs and had only six hits.
Hits: Adrian Gonzalez was the muscle of the Dodgers’ lineup in April, but he seemed to slump in tandem with Yasiel Puig’s hot streak in May. The April version of Gonzalez paid a little return visit, hammering a two-run home run into the Diamondbacks’ center-field pool for his first homer since May 1. Gonzalez hit eight home runs in April. He also flared a single to left and dribbled one up the middle. He had a strong 5-for-11 road trip, so perhaps he’s getting going in the cleanup spot.
Misses: The longest hitting streak of Puig’s career ended at 16. He was 0-for-3 with a fly ball and two groundouts, then got hit in the left leg by a pitch from sidearmer Brad Ziegler. Puig’s RBI streak also ended at eight, one short of the franchise record.
Stat of the game: Matt Kemp has made a habit of punishing left-handed pitchers, but not this season. He is batting .170 against them in 2014. He came up as a pinch hitter with two runners on and ended the inning with a routine double play off lefty Oliver Perez in the sixth inning.
Up next: The Dodgers have an open date in New York on Monday before beginning a three-game series with the Mets Tuesday night.