Recap: Struggling Lineup, Max Muncy’s Error Cost Dodgers In Series Loss To Diamondbacks

The Los Angeles Dodgers fell 3-1 to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the rubber match and suffered a disappointing series loss at Chase Field that also amounted to a .500 record on their road trip.

It’s the first time the Dodgers lost a series to the Diamondbacks since dropping three of four on the road from Aug. 29-Sept. 1, 2019.

Julio Urías lacked consistent control of his pitches but still held the Diamondbacks without a hit through four innings. Up to that point they had only managed two walks and one batter reaching on an error.

Urías retired Carson Kelly to start the bottom of the fifth, but then gave up a solo home run to Nick Ahmed that not only broke up the scoreless tie but no-hitter as well.

That wound up being the lone hit and run Urías allowed over six innings. His fastball velocity again touched 94 mph on occasion, which was another encouraging development as it continues to slightly increase as the season progresses.

Urías otherwise primarily relied on his curveball and mixed in a changeup as well to keep the Diamondbacks off balance.

The strong start was squandered by the Dodgers again failing to capitalize on their opportunities. They had one baserunner in three of the first four innings, and overall stranded six baserunners. L.A. suffered back-to-back losses despite outhitting Arizona in both games.

As Zac Gallen fought a rising pitch count in his longest start of the season, Trea Turner doubled with two outs in the sixth inning and Max Muncy followed with a walk. However, Gallen worked out of the minor jam by striking out Cody Bellinger.

Noe Ramirez allowed a one-out single in the seventh inning, only for it to result in a double play when Gavin Lux struck out swinging and Edwin Ríos was thrown out trying to steal second base.

The Dodgers’ fortunes changed in the eighth inning behind a spark from Mookie Betts. After lining a one-out single into center field, he took second base on a wild pitch. Turner later tied the game with a two-out RBI base hit.

However, like on Tuesday night, a leadoff walk in the bottom of the eighth inning spelled doom. Muncy cleanly fielded a sacrifice bunt attempt but threw high to first base, allowing a go-ahead run to score.

Arizona added another on a fielder’s choice and nearly scored a third run in the inning but Freddie Freeman got his foot down in time to prevent Lux from having another throwing error.

Dodgers upcoming schedule

After an off day Thursday, the Dodgers begin a five-game homestand against the Detroit Tigers and San Francisco Giants.

Saturday’s game will be particularly noteworthy as Clayton Kershaw is just four strikeouts away from taking over Don Sutton on the Dodgers’ all-time list.

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