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BEAT L.A.

The motto for the diamondbacks all year has been, BEAT LA.  Well, coming into this week the division is all but wrapped up.  But the D-backs weren’t thinking about anything but proving they could do just that, BEAT LA.  The first game of this middle of the week divisional matchup included Rich Hill and Zack Godley.  Hill didn’t last long and gave up some early runs to Arizona.  Godley didn’t pitch well, gave up 4 runs early in the game.  The D-backs were able to get into that Dodger bullpen a little early as Hill didn’t make it out of the fourth inning.  David Peralta Tripled home Godley and Goldy hit a solo shot in the fifth inning, adding some much needed insurance.  The Dodgers tacked on two more and ended up losing a close one, 7-6.  That makes 3 losses in a row for David Roberts’ club.

So the first game was a plus for Coach Torey Lovullo and his squad.  They fought hard and managed to hold on, they showed some great composure.  After winning narrowly in the first game, it was time to really prove something.  By winning the second game, they would essentially win the series.  And that in my mind is a huge accomplishment this late into the season.

Wednesday night started out a little different than normal, Arizona didn’t come out and take batting practice.  The only team hitting balls on the field before the game were the struggling Dodgers.  I hadn’t got a chance to really see the Dodgers in person all year.  This was my chance to see some of their veterans that have had some pretty stellar careers.  Guys like Adrian Gonzalez, Chase Utley, Curtis Granderson to name a few.  These guys have been a round for a long time.  The Los Angeles Dodgers are packed with Star Power, they have some future Hall of Famers on this team and  it’s worth the price of admission.  While taking BP, I got a chance to see Chase Utley interact with some fans.  It really is the reason why baseball is so important to fans here in the valley, but all across the world.  Cody Bellinger came over and talked to the fans as well.  I normally just watch and listen when batting practice is taking place.  But tonight I was like a kid in a candy story.  I watched my friend and retired Air Force Major Dave McCaskill get autographs from 5 different Major League Baseball players to include Cody Bellinger, Chase Utley, Brandon Morrow, Chris Taylor, and one of the greatest pitchers of all time Clayton Kershaw.  It seemed as though the Dodgers were still in good spirits despite the losing streak.  Bellinger is still swinging like he is in the Home Run Derby, Puig was his normal “Wild Horse” self as well.  Positive vibes were flowing out there on the field before the game.

Game started at 1840 local time for you military folk, 6:40 pm for you non-military types.  Just like the night before, the Diamondbacks came out swinging.  Adam Rosales launched a solo shot to center field in the bottom of the first.  Then with Pollock on base, Paul Goldschmidt hit a deep blast into the left field bleachers to make the score 3 to 0.  A Brandon Drury double in the fourth added another run.  Then Chris Hermann hit another solo home run to center field, followed by a Pollock single and Robbie Ray scoring.  The score was now six to nothing at this point, Ray pitched masterfully through 6 2/3 innings and totaled 10 strikeouts.  But was it enough?  Arizona’s bullpen has been hit and miss, literally this year.  After Granderson hit a solo shot off Robbie Ray, it was now time for the dreaded bullpen.  The 8th inning proved to be a task, Chafin allowed 2 runs along with Barrett giving up one.  The “Bearded One” came in and pitched well, then Rodney laid down the wood for the save.  Diamondbacks  pull off another close one, winning 6-4.  Now the losing streak is at 4 games and climbing, Dodgers hope to snap out of it against Mr. Zack Greinke today.