Postgame Recap (8/10/17) – D-backs 6, Dodgers 8: Comeback Falls Just Short

The Dodgers wasted no time on Thursday night. They jumped out to a lead faster than a lot of fans were able to get to their seats at Chase Field.

Rookie LHP Anthony Banda was scrambling in the first inning but it could’ve been different. With one out and Corey Seager on first base, Justin Turner hit a sharp line drive towards shortstop Ketel Marte. Marte tried to pick the ball cleanly without getting his body in front of the play. The ball ended up shooting over Marte’s glove and into left field. That play, while not scored an error, was huge and it opened the door for the Dodgers to stage a big inning.

Los Angeles would walk away from the 1st with a three-run lead after Enrique Hernandez hit a two-out double with the bases loaded. Banda looked taxed, throwing 36 pitches in the inning.

Banda eventually settled into the game but his pitch count was so high that it was hard to say how many innings he’d be able to go.  Meanwhile, the Diamondbacks chipped away at the lead, scoring a run in the bottom of the third when Peralta singled to drive in Marte, who’d singled and stole second earlier in the inning. J.D. Martinez hit a solo home run in the bottom of the 4th inning to cut the lead to one run.

After singles by Daniel Descalso and Marte, with two outs in the bottom of the 4th inning, Lovullo decided to pinch-hit Brandon Drury for Anthony Banda. For Banda, he was at 69 pitches and really seemed to be hitting a groove, but a single would’ve likely scored the tying run. Drury struck out.

The next inning, Jake Barrett entered in relief and Chris Taylor hit Barrett’s first pitch for a home run. It turned into a sloppy inning and the Dodgers would end up scoring two more runs. Their lead was 6-2.

The Dodgers tacked on two more runs in the top of the 6th inning off Jorge De La Rosa. Down 8-2, the D-backs were looking to stop the game from getting completely out of hand and turning into a blowout.

Chris Iannetta hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the 6th inning to cut the lead to four runs. The D-backs would add two more runs in the bottom of the 8th to make the game interesting heading into the 9th. But the Dodgers sent in closer Kenley Jansen to close the game out and he did just that.

Stats that matter

  • A bumpy performance by Banda, but he rebounded well – 4 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 1 BB, 4 K
  • Barrett and De La Rosa got shelled – 2 IP, 5 R, 5 H, 2 BB, 2 K, HR
  • The bottom of the D-backs order played very well:
    • Descalso – 3-for-4, 2 R
    • Iannetta – 1-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR
    • Marte – 2-for-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB
  • A.J. Pollock, Jake Lamb and Paul Goldschmidt combined to go 1-for-15 with 7 Ks

Bottom line

Banda had a rough first inning but played well outside of that. He should have been left in the game, but there’s no way Lovullo could’ve anticipated that Barrett and De La Rosa would implode in relief. With Pollock, Lamb and Goldy getting completely shut down, there’s only so much the bottom of the order could do to scratch back from a six-run deficit.

On deck

The Chicago Cubs and their legions of fans come to town for a three-game set that starts on Friday at 6:40 pm CT. RHP Taijuan Walker will face off against RHP John Lackey in the opener.

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Jon Strong

Jon is the editor and lead writer at Dbacks Insider. He is a life-long, passionate baseball fan who grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, playing stickball and watching baseball at the College World Series. He aims to bring you the most up-to-date and relevant Dbacks news and commentary every day.

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