Sunday, April 20, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Dodgers 4, D-backs 1
By Anthony Witrado
Special to ESPNLosAngeles.com
LOS ANGELES -- Josh Beckett set the pace. Yasiel Puig finished the race.
Beckett was marvelous for the Los Angeles Dodgers as he continues to work himself into pitching shape. He threw five scoreless innings, giving up one hit and striking out seven Arizona Diamondbacks en route to a 4-1 Dodgers victory Sunday at Dodger Stadium. He threw 83 pitches.
In his past two starts, Beckett has pitched 10 innings and hasn't given up a run.
An inning after Beckett departed, the Dodgers' offense got moving. Carl Crawford tripled home Dee Gordon, and Arizona manager Kirk Gibson decided to intentionally walk Adrian Gonzalez to face Puig with two outs.
The move did not work. Puig obliterated a Josh Collmenter cutter for a line-drive home run, giving the Dodgers a 4-0 lead in the sixth inning.
How it happened: For a second consecutive game, the struggling Dodger outfielders provided the big hits. Crawford's RBI triple followed by Puig's three-run home run were all the team needed to take the rubber game of the series.
Hits: That hit wasn't Puig’s only highlight. He dropped jaws in the second inning when he tracked down Miguel Montero's hit down the right-field line, spun and threw off his back foot to nail Montero at second base for the out.
Misses: Dodgers catcher Tim Federowicz committed his second catcher's interference of the season. There have been five catcher's interference calls this season, and the Dodgers have committed three.
Stat of the game: Gonzalez doubled in his first at-bat, extending his hitting streak to 15 games.
Up next: The Dodgers host the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday and draw ace Cliff Lee, who threw a complete game in his most recent start. Paul Maholm takes the ball for the Dodgers.