So apparently the D-backs have decided to live by the phrase "chicks dig the long ball" while they make their visit to Los Angeles. A two run homer hit by Paul Goldschmidt in the first inning after Jason Kubel walked sparked the Diamondbacks' 8-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night. Arizona now finds themselves just 2.5 games back from the Dodgers and in strong contention for the NL West division once again.
It marked the second consecutive night that Goldschmidt hit a deep bomb in the first inning and according to Jack Magruder of Fox Sports Arizona, 10 of Goldy's 15 home runs have come against NL West opponents. Mark Ellis followed that up with a solo home run in the bottom of the first, but scoring would come at a premium for a few innings after that.
It took until Miguel Montero's sixth inning three run blast (his 12th of the season) for another team to score. That's because Chris Capuano had a nice outing through five innings and Wade Miley pitched yet another gem for the Arizona Diamondbacks. In all, Miley threw for eight innings, allowing 3 hits, one earned run and one walk. He struck out seven batters.
The Diamondbacks have now scored 15 total runs in their two games against the Dodgers this series. 12 of them have come via the home run. On top of that, both home runs came with two outs in their respective innings in Tuesday night's game.
The best part of what was a rather uneventful game came in the top of the 9th inning when Chris Young hit what appeared to be a double down the left field line. In a rush, Jerry Hairston, Jr. picked the ball up and while attempting to throw it to second, the ball slipped out of his hands and into the stands. Chris Young was sent to third base by the umpires, where he would eventually score from. That play will assuredly make some blooper reals for years to come.
Chris Johnson continued his hot streak since coming over to the Diamondbacks by batting 2 for 3 with a walk and 2 RBI's on a single up the middle with the bases loaded in the ninth. It appears that, for now, the D-backs finally have a third baseman that can give them some production from behind the plate.
The Diamondbacks will look for the sweep against the Dodgers tomorrow night with Patrick Corbin expected to take the mound after being called up from AAA Reno. Stephen Fife will get the call for L.A.