Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Quick take: Diamondbacks 3, Dodgers 2
By Mark Saxon
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers are caught in a perpetual feedback loop, as teams in losing streaks tend to be.
The same things happen to them every night. A key reliever gives up a go-ahead home run in the late innings. Their injury-ravaged lineup gets more injury-ravaged, all the while spinning its wheels.
And Paul Goldschmidt just keeps rampaging through their pitching.
One of the few Dodgers pitchers Goldschmidt hadn't hit well before Wednesday was Clayton Kershaw, putting him in far-from-exclusive company. But Dodger Stadium -- and certainly Dodgers pitching -- can't contain Goldschmidt these days.
He snapped a 1-for-16 off Kershaw by depositing a two-run home run into the left-field bleachers in the sixth inning. Two innings later, he hit the solo shot off Kenley Jansen that sent the Dodgers off to their seventh straight loss, 3-2 to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Goldschmidt is batting .458 with four home runs and 11 RBIs in just six games against the Dodgers this year.
The Dodgers got the tying run to second leading off the ninth inning, but could advance him no further. A.J. Ellis grounded to shortstop, slumping Andre Ethier struck out and Carl Crawford, pinch-hitting after missing another start because of a tight hamstring, popped up to end the game.
The Dodgers are squandering the momentum of a busy, free-spending offseason. The team announced an attendance of 31,512 fans Wednesday, but there were nowhere near that many in the seats.
It's hard to blame some people who bought tickets for not showing up. The names the Dodgers are running out to the field are hardly major draws. When Adrian Gonzalez left the game after diving for a foul pop-up and aggravating a strained neck, the Dodgers fielded a lineup that included Dee Gordon, Nick Punto, Luis Cruz, Juan Uribe and Elian Herrera. In other words, it was 2012 all over again.
Kershaw was as dominant as usual, pitching around some sloppy Dodgers defense. But eventually it cost them. After Gordon misplayed a Didi Gregorius grounder, Goldschmidt hit the tying home run. The Dodgers made three errors, not including the ball that Gonzalez dove for that somebody should have caught.
The Dodgers are 5-16 against the NL West and they have lost 15 of their last 18 games against Arizona.